In-Depth Blog Post #6

Xylia 

April 13th, 2021 

What skill am I learning? 

I’m learning American Sign Language for In-Depth this year. 

What progress have I made since my last post? 

We’ve actually had two meeting since my last post, because we had one during spring break! I’ll mostly be talking about the most recent one though, because I think that makes more sense. 

Since my last post, we learned a bunch of new signs and phrases! The signs were related to food, colours, school subjects, and filler words like the 5 Ws and “cool”. Some phrases we learned are “do you understand” and “can you type it” which could be very useful during our zoom meetings! 

We also watched a documentary about ASL and the deaf community, called Through Deaf Eyes. It was really good, and I watched it while eating chocolate chips and unpeeled carrots because they’re nice. The documentary talked a lot about deaf history, like where and how ASL began to be used, how deaf and hard of hearing kids were taught in school, and a bunch of little interesting details that I never really thought about like poetry in ASL and accents! We discussed the documentary during our last meeting. 

In my last post I mentioned a question I had about whether there’s signs for punctuation in ASL and whether you use it while finger-spelling. Well, I asked my mentor about that, and though I can’t find the exact quote, she told us that there are signs for punctuation, but you wouldn’t use them while signing. For example, instead of signing “I like potatoes (comma) they are very good (period)” you would just pause, like you would while speaking! There are signs for punctuation though, like we have “question mark” and stuff in English. 

There are many places where my project had alternative choices, that would have each led me down a different path. For example, my choice of mentor! I only really had one choice of mentor, but things could have gone differently if I’d emailed different people at different times or something. My mentorfellow mentees, and I were faced with many alternative choices, like what signs we wanted to learn and when to learn them. We discussed whether we wanted to do certain activities, like watching a documentary and discussing it afterwards, voice-off activities, and having a deaf person join us for a meeting! 

For my learning center, I think I’ll make a website, like I did for my eminent person project. As I think I mentioned in a previous post, it’d be disrespectful for me to record myself for entertainment or educational purposes, but I think as long as I make it clear I’m not trying to teach ASL because I’m not qualified to do that yet. So I might record some videos of myself signing, whatever I think makes the most sense! Some other ideas I had is to include some deaf history because it’s pretty cool, and maybe talk about some deaf/hard of hearing characters I know of, because they’re what inspired me to learn ASL in the first place! I hope that my learning center will inspire other people to learn ASL too, because it’s a really cool language and I think the world would be a better place if more people spoke it. I’m not sure how I’ll make my learning center interactive yet. Last time I tried (it didn’t work because I didn’t realize I made it private :/) to make a Kahoot, but I don’t think that makes sense to do this time. I’ll continue to brainstorm, and hopefully come up with some good ideas soon! 

Thanks for reading, and have a great day or night! 

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In-Depth Blog Post #5

Xylia 

March 9th, 2021 

What skill am I learning? 

For my In-Depth project this year, I’m learning American Sign Language! 

How have I progressed since the last post? 

My last meeting with my mentor seemed to click a lot together for me. For one thing, I thought that I had memorized the new and old signs pretty well, but doing it in person with other people is a lot harder than I’d thought. I now know that I need to work harder on practicing my signs, and which aspects of ASL I need to work on the most! 

By the way, the signs I’ve learned so far are related to greetings, numbers, time/calendar, activities, people, and emotions. We’ve also been working on learning certain questions and phrases, like what’s your name? and What did you do yesterday? By learning phrases like this, we’ve also been picking up a bit of grammar. Grammar in ASL is a lot different than English, just like it would be for any language! It’s been very cool to learn all this. 

As for which aspects of ASL I think I need to work on, I noticed during this last meeting that I was forgetting some of the signs for letters. This was a pretty big problem, because reading and spelling out letters is a big part of one of the activities we do. So after the meeting, I started practicing spelling random words in sign language, and even after only 2 days of doing this I’m improving a lot! I’m planning to look for a video on YouTube of someone spelling out words in ASL to practice reading that. 

A question arose while I was practicing this yesterday. I had been spelling random objects and sentences I saw around me, and one was a Lay’s chip bag. I realized I didn’t know if there were signs for punctuation! I’m going to ask my mentor next meeting about this, and I’m very glad I’ve finally stumbled across a good question for her. By the way, my mentor is very good. She’s nice and a very good teacher! 

Another point: I know that it would be good to have some sort of visual to showcase what I’ve learned so far, but from what we’ve been learning about deaf culture, I’m not sure how I would do that. From what I’ve learned so far, I’m pretty sure it’s disrespectful to speak ASL just to show people you canSo unless you’re an expert and teaching it to people (and probably a bunch of other instances I’m not thinking of) you shouldn’t record yourself doing it. So I’m probably not going to do that, because I’m not sure how to do it in a respectful way.  

Also, we were unable to record our last meeting because of technical difficulties, so I’m not able to look back on any specific things my mentor said or talked about. 

One last activity I did after my last post was watch a short film about a deaf child. My friend sent it to me and it was very good! It was also quite sad because the parents eventually decided not to let their kid learn sign language, so she had no good way of communicating and had to learn to read lips and speak like her hearing family. Here is the short film: The Silent Child — Oscar® Winning Short Film – YouTube 

Thank you for reading and have a great day! 

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In-Depth blog posts 3 and 4 

Xylia 

February 24th, 2021 

 

What skill am I learning? 

For my In-Depth project this year, I am learning American Sign Language. 

How have I progressed since my last post? 

I had my second meeting with my mentor a few days ago, and it went great! We got a lot done, and tried some new activities. For example, we had a portion of the meeting where we could only communicate using Sign Language! Our mentor would do a sign, and the rest of us would finger-spell what the sign is. After whilewe switched roles, and our mentor would finger-spell a sign while we do the actual thing! It was a super helpful activity to practice our signs, and a very interesting experience. Once we become more fluent in ASL, we will adapt this activity so we have full conversations during this silent time! I’m excited to try this out. 

We also discussed what topics about deaf culture we might want to learn more about and discuss next meeting! We ended up choosing to learn about the history behind it, which I think was a great choice. History can be very interesting to learn about, and will give a lot more structure and meaning to the topics we are learning right now. It also makes sense to start with deaf history before learning about what’s going on these days. It will be very cool to learn about this! I’m already discovering that ASL and deaf culture is a lot more complicated than I originally thought. 

As for my learning outside the meetings, I’ve been practicing new signs every week. This week my fellow mentees and I are learning people and emotion-related signs, as well as reviewing the old ones! I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job practicing enough so I can improve on and memorize the signs. 

How to have a beautiful mind  

As for the book we’re reading, How To Have a Beautiful Mind, it talks about being interesting, responding, asking questions, and much more. I’d like to say I worked hard on all of those during our last meeting, but to be honest I could have done a lot better. It’s hard for me to talk sometimes, especially if I don’t know much yet about the subject. I want to try extra hard next time to engage in conversations with my mentor and fellow mentees, and ask good questions to further probe our conversation. If there’s one thing I did well though, it’s listening, which is very important when learning anything. I’m gointo continue to work on the other elements of these chapters, and hopefully I can overcome this. 

Thank you for reading my blog post, and have a great day!

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In-Depth blog post 2 

Xylia 

February 9th, 2021 

What’s my skill again..? 

The skill I’ve chosen for my In-Depth project is American Sign Language, or ASL. 

How have I improved since the last post? 

Before finding a mentor, I looked up some YouTube videos to try and learn some signs like that. It worked pretty well, and I ended up finding a good video that helped me memorize the alphabetThere are just a few letters I keep getting confused about, but I’ll keep working on that. 

I also just had my first meeting with my mentor, Tori! In the meeting, we went over the signs we learned beforehand, talked about our schedules, and what we might want our learning process to look like. We also started learning about deaf culture. It was really great to learn from someone in person! Or… As “in person” as an online Zoom meeting can be. Finding a mentor was a wild ride, especially during Covid, and I’m super grateful to Sinu, Jordan, and Anya for letting me be in their mentoring group! Also, thank you, Tori, for agreeing to mentor me! And Ms. Mulder and Mr. Gosselin, for helping too. Also, I think I mentioned my dog in my last post, so I guess I’ll thank him too. 

Anyways, after finding a mentor, I was able to learn a lot more. For examplegreeting signsI’m excited to look at all the resources she sent us and continue to absorb knowledge. 

How to have a beautiful mind 

I read the first three chapters of Edward de Bono’s book, How to Have a Beautiful Mind. It talked about the right ways to agree, disagree, and differing with people. There was a lot of good advice, but there wasn’t really any reason to disagree or differ with my mentor. I mean, I barely know anything about sign language, and she’s way more experienced. Everything she said sounded perfectly reasonable to me! I will try to use the book’s advice on this whenever applicable. 

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In-Depth Blog Post 1

In-Depth Blog Post 

 What skill have I chosen to learn? 

For In-Depth this year, I have decided to learn American Sign Language! 

Why have I chosen this skill? 

I chose to learn ASL for my In-Depth project for a few reasons. One is that I like to read a lot, and some of the books I read have deaf characters. One in particular, Hearthstone from Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, made me really interested in learning sign language! I tried to learn some sign language, and ended up almost memorizing the alphabet, but I forgot it after a while. I want to take this In-Depth project as a way to get back at it again! 

More reasons are that learning other languages lets you communicate with a wider range of people. This is the same for sign language! It also gives you a way to learn about different cultures, and of course, it expands your brain. Sign language has always interested me even more than spoken languages. It seems so different, but I’m excited to see the differences and similarities between them, and what learning sign language can teach me other than the language itself. 

When and How 

I don’t have my timeline right now so I’ll update this when I do. 

Mentor 

I’m still in the process of finding a mentor. I hope to find one at least by the 9th so we have time to do the paperwork. I have emailed someone but have not heard back yet, and I know someone else doing ASL emailed a few people, so hopefully we hear back soon, so we can get started. 

What are some questions I want to answer? 

One thing I’m wondering is what the differences and similarities between sign language and a language like English or French are. Like, how does grammar work and how is that different? 

What are my goals? 

My goal is to be able to have full conversations in sign language, around 1 to 2 minutes, but it would be better if I could have even longer conversations. I also want to be able to understand sign language if I see people speaking it on, say, the news on tv. 

What can others do to help me? 

My family and friends can help me by practicing with me (at least at the beginning, when it’s simpler), and watching me practice and giving me pointers. My mentor can help me by, well, mentoring me. My dog can help me by sitting on my feet while I practice. I can help myself by making sure to practice hopefully daily and having a good schedule. Also be getting enough sleep so I have energy to learn.  

What resources can I use to help me learn? 

My mentor will be my most valuable resource, but some extra resources I will or could use are books and YouTube videos. 

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How to be a REAL success

1. Remember their name 

Remembering people’s names is a very important part of having good relationship skills. Why? Well, wouldn’t you rather be around people who care about you and think you are important? You probably would! When you remember someone’s name, especially if it’s someone you just met, that’s basically saying that you value them, and that is a great way to build stronger relationships with people. 

The reason why I chose to write about this principle is because I’m horrible at remembering people’s names. Even when I’ve known them for years, sometimes I second-guess myself and forget. I really want to work on this, but I’m not sure how. One tip was to take pictures of the people you want to learn the names of and put their name next to the picture, but honestly that seems kind of creepy. Another way I’ve heard of is to associate their name with stuff about them, like for example, if you meet someone named Ashley who has grey hair, and ash is grey, so you can use that to help you remember. 

I will try to apply this principle to future leadership activities and events by asking the names of people I don’t know or have forgotten, and quizzing myself occasionally to keep their names in my head. I know this principle is really important, and it was the one I scored lowest on in the relationships inventory test, so I will work hard to improve my skills in this area. 

2.  The law of significance 

The law of significance states that one is too small a number to achieve greatness. This means that to do something big, it’s improbable that you’ll be able to do it by yourself. Having people help you can add so much to your project or whatever you’re doing, because other people have different skills and ideas and perspectives. People on your team can teach you important skills and lessons, and support you when you need it. Teamwork helps people be more persistent and boosts morale. It also helps build a sense of community! With more people comes more diversity, productivity, and efficiencyYou can share tasks, and get things done faster and with higher quality! It’ll be much harder to do hard things on your own than doing them with a team. 

This law is important for me because a lot of the time I like to do big things on my own, but sometimes it’s better to ask for help and work with other people. I like doing school group projects as much as individual ones most of the time, but sometimes I think it would be better to work as a team with other people for personal projects I do on my own time. 

I can apply this to future leadership activities and events by being more open to asking for help when I need it. I can also try to make myself parts of groups more often and practice working with other people more. 

3. Our attitude is a choice 

You can make a bad situation better just by changing your attitude. Say you have a really difficult task to do that you’re dreading. You can look at it with a different perspective, and find that it’s not so bad. Your attitude also affects other people’s. If you’re happy, people around you will probably pick up at least a bit of your happiness, whereas if you’re gloomy or angry or something, other people’s attitudes will change too. 

I wanted to write about this because I know could be really useful to think more about having a positive attitude. Sometimes I’m in situations that would be a lot better if I changed my attitude, so I want to practice doing this. Also, sometimes I’m really snappy at my dad, but I realize now that that’s not going to make him any less snappy at me. A better thing to do is to just tell him that I’m annoyed with him rather than being passive aggressive as I do sometimes, because if I have a more positive attitude, he’ll probably be more positive, too. There’s no reason for me not to be positive, so I will try harder from now on to do that. 

One way I can apply this principle to future leadership activities is to think positive even when we do an activity that I don’t like. I actually can’t think of a time when we did one I didn’t like, but it might happen one day, and if it does, I’ll make sure to have a positive attitude. 

4. The law of the lid 

The law of the lid states that the leadership ability of a person determines their level of success. This is because people will be more inclined to follow you and work with you if you’re a good leader, and as the law of significance says, without a team, you won’t be able to get very far. So, you want to improve your leadership skills and get them as high as you can, so people want to follow you and you’ll have a higher level of success. Good leaders inspire people, and get them motivated! Being a leader means you can have your own ideas, and having people want to help you achieve your goals. If you’re a follower, how can you have your own ideas, and actually get anywhere with them? That’s why it’s important to be a good leader, you’ll be able to achieve your goals. 

This law is important for me to remember because I have big goals in life that I’ll need a team to accomplish, but I’m not very confident with my leadership skills yet. I want to improve them, and I know that when I do, I will have a higher level of success. 

I can apply this to future leadership trips, events, and activities by practicing being a leader as much as I can, and trying my very best to improve my skills. I’ll also try to take advantage of opportunities to improve the leadership skills I already have. 

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Digital Footprint Assignment

1. How might your digital footprint affect your future opportunities? Give at least two examples.

One positive impact of my digital footprint is that I post animations on my YouTube channel. This might be good to show people that I can work hard and collaborate with other people.

One potentially negative impact is that sometimes I post something on Discord and then regret it later. Nothing that bad, but it’s taught me to think harder about what I post.

It’s important to have a positive digital footprint because when you try to get a job, people will probably look at your social media accounts and judge whether they should hire you partly based on it’s content. This could be a good thing if your footprint shows you have the right qualities, but it could also be a bad thing, so you have to be careful.

2. Describe at least three strategies that you can use to keep your digital footprint appropriate and safe.

  1. Wait a bit before you post something. If you still want to post it after a few hours and you can’t think of any reason not to, it’s probably ok.
  2. Think about whether you’d be ok with your parents/teachers/friends seeing your posts. If the answer is no, then you might have to re-think what you post.
  3. Don’t post personal information like your full name, address, birthday, phone number, etc because people might use it to steal your identity or something.
  4. Remember that even if you delete something, it doesn’t mean that it’s gone forever.

3. If you could go back in time, is there anything that you would do differently online? Think of what advice you would pass on to your younger self or other students.

I would, as a baby, tell my parents not to put my baby stuff online. I’d also make it very very clear to my dad not to post my animations on his Facebook, because that kind of defeats the point of me being anonymous. I can’t think of any personal stuff right now, but I’d probably show my younger self the digital footprint video because a lot of the information in there was new to me.

Training Post

You are now going to create your very first post. In a separate tab or browser window, go to your Dashboard on the left and go to  Posts -> Add New.

1) Title – Create a title for your blog post. Your title will be: Digital Footprint Assignment

2) Body – This is where you place your content of the post – text, videos, pictures, etc. Follow the instructions on the Digital Footprint Assignment page to see what questions you need to answer here.

3) Tool Bar – In your toolbar you can “Add Media” and “Add Documents” into your posts, this is the best way to create visual representations. You can also change fonts, hyperlink, etc.

4) Publish – Here is where you control what items are public and private. You can also control when they are published to your website.

5) Categories – Here is where you choose where you want your post to go. This is your digital binder with all of your subjects. Make sure to categorize each post with the relevant subject. E.g. Categories -> English

6) Tags –  Here is where you tag posts with one or two of the most readily applicable Core Competencies. These tags can help you find things quicker on your blog and help you stay organised. E.g. Tag -> creativethinking

7) Publish – When you are done, simply “Publish” it. If it has been edited, press “Republish” to update with the latest version of the content.