SML – #1 Reflection

I am learning american sign language. I chose to learn ASL, since one of my cousins has been deaf her whole life and I’ve never been able to communicate with her, but if I do learn ASL, I will finally be able to. I personally have not been enjoying SML I feel that I had a good motive to learn ASL but I am not too passionate about it. Most of the challenges I have encountered were the actual learning of SML. There is not a website that will teach you everything so I’ve had to make myself a textbook with phrases and words I want to know and search them up on a ASL dictionary. My project has not changed since the beginning, I’ve been planing to show a video of me and someone else communicating in ASL. I am proud of learning over 50 ASL words and phrases. I do not feel very creative during SML because learning a language does not allow  you to be creative. I have learned many different words, phrase, the ABC’s, and numbers which are all essential for learning American Sign Language. I’ve learned that I work well as an independent learner because I can move at however pace I want, and learning this way makes me most successful. I like and don’t like the structure of how SML is taught, because I do work better independently but I would like to have an outline of a course so I don’t need to search through hundreds of websites, which frustrates me.

PBL Reflection


2 main traits I saw in myself during the PBL unit is perserverence and leadership. I saw perserverence in my self when I would test out my project or try to make something stick together and it wouldn’t work but I still tried to brainstorm other ways I can do it so I can get it too work. I also saw leadership in myself during the whole PBL unit because I was working alone so I had to take intiative for everytihng and not let everyone else do sstuff for me.


Collaboration and teamwork were one of the biggest things during PBL because even though I wasn’t in a group everyone else was around them and I had to collaborate well with them and we also could brainstorm together even though we weren’t in the same group as each other, other groups could help me with a part of difficulty for me and I could help them.


This video was my favorite collaborative video beacause even though there was a simple decision at the start they listened to the others brainstormed, and worked around his preference even though at the end they went with their oringinal idea.


Mystery Mania Book Review

A picture of me during my speech.


All the seventh grade students had read a mystery novel, and this was their chance to make one of their mystery characters come alive, for the camera.The character of Temperance Brennan from the novel Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs was professionally portrayed by Thea Gentzbourger.


The voice of a character is one of the most important parts of giving a book review speech but unfortunately I did not have good voice modulation in my speech. I think I did well at keeping my voice loud enough for everyone to hear and I was also clear enough to understand.  I also didn’t speak too fast or too slow, unfortunately at some points I wasn’t talking very fluently. Whilst I was talking I almost always  kept the same tone of voice which isn’t good.


When doing a book review you must try your best to use your space, engage your audience and portray your character the best you can, but I don’t think I did any of that very well. I did not make many attempts to use my space or make any gestures. I did make eye contact with a lot of people, but I think I should of engaged the audience more. I dressed up well too look like my character but in my speech I didn’t portray my character well.


The content of a presentation is the most important part, because it is what you are trying to teach people, and I think I covered the setting, conflict and characters well.  In my speech I gave the main idea of the story and what was the problem that occurred, and I also included other characters apart from my own character that I played.