Last week I had lunch with one of my prior ASL teachers. It was wonderful to see this person again and we chatted away in sign – and voiced too as we both have limited hearing.
I commented that I was going to quit ASL classes and was asked why. As we dissected lunch I dissected my last class and came to the conclusion – my teacher is lazy. It is why I felt bored and disconnected. It is why I felt as if I was learning nothing. I WAS learning nothing in comparison to what I’ve learned from my other teachers.
Now, I’m pondering asking to take ASL III over again – free of charge – but I doubt I’ll get a waiver in. All the present teacher did was say, “Read the book, watch the video.” Oh, and point to some maps and colors. Plus, for some reason, I found the teacher very hard to understand – no idea why – there’s another person I know like that.
In my first two classes I learned hundreds of signs that are not part of the curriculum in ASL I and II. The teachers really threw enormous amounts of information at us. It was challenging, exciting, and a vibrant experience. I felt overwhelmed at times, but never bored or listless.
In this class I “learned” how to give directions. Me, Ms. Dyslexic. So every direction someone gave me was turned around in my head so the “maps” were backwards. Um, hum. And I “learned” countries (from the links here, not from class) and states (again from the links here). And I watched (in class) the same book videos over and over again.
Frankly, for a measly $50 (less, I believe) I got a year of great videos on SigningSavvy.com (the links here) rather than paying $200 for class and $60 for a book and video and I’m wondering WTH?! The first two classes were totally worth it. ASL III? A dud. At least for me, the teacher was a dud. I missed 2 classes and considered dumping the entire program. That is not competitive, obsessive little me.
So tomorrow I’m going to see what I can do about saying I felt I didn’t have a class. That it was money and time wasted. That the fact the class was cancelled twice (and I drove there both times before I found out) paying tolls and spending gas money and time I really don’t have, and then the fact I was totally unmotivated by the style of the teacher.