THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Back to school week! Huzzah! I have no clue why colleges around here don’t start on Mondays, but that meant my first day was Wednesday. Introduction to Interpreting, taught by my advisor, is a first step in getting us used to interpreting and includes lessons ranging from practical (wardrobe and invoicing) to theoretical (how to analyze the internal workings of your interpreting when you can’t see the process). I have an hour break during which I eat lunch and read in a corner where I feel comfortable taking off my mask.
Next, it’s off to ASL 4, which is with the same professor from last semester, but with a whole knew pedagogical strategy: the flipped classroom. In the flipped classroom, students complete what would normally be homework during class with the professor there to assist. When I was a professor the flipped classroom was all the craze in theory, but I never knew anyone who did it. I tried to some extent when I was teaching advanced writing, but that was in a prison classroom, which made everything harder in general (and some prisoners refuse to write if I can see them, which is . . . not surprising).
With ASL, in class I watch a video of the professor teaching a subject, and I can pause when I want to take notes, repeat a sign, or ask the professor right there in the room what a sign means. I’m excited! Since ASL is a four credit class and we only meet three hours, we are now required to do 40 hours outside of class during which we are signing and seeing others sign, preferably Deaf people and not just other students. A silver lining of the pandemic is large cities with ASL social groups that normally meet in person are now all online.
Last, I have Technology for Interpreters, a one credit course that is largely self-driven online. Here, we will learn about branding, creating sample videos of our interpreting styles, and develop a professional website — something with which I am familiar!
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
For some reason, at the beginning of 2022 I’m really leaning into my reading projects, namely 1) to read books by and about fat women and non-binary people and 2) to read more memoirs, fiction, and nonfiction by and about D/deaf people. You’ll be getting a healthy dose of that for a bit here. Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me by noting what they’ve learned about Deaf Culture and D/deaf people after reading my review of The Deaf House by Joanne Weber. And for those of you who checked into your country’s laws about people in fat bodies (this seems to be the main thing that stuck out in my review of What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon), I applaud you for doing the work to inform yourself about your community. Now, what will you do with that information?
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Near the end of 2021 I asked Biscuit if she wanted to read something for the season as our book club approached Christmas. She chose The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd, a work of historical fiction told from the perspective of a rebellious scholar who was Jesus Christ’s wife. Review Tuesday.
In the local history section of my public library I found The Hearing Eye by Catherine Coppes, a short memoir about her journey from mocking hard-of-hearing people to denying her own hearing loss, getting hearing aids, and then sharing her experiences to encourage her community to ditch negative stereotypes about deaf and hard-of-hearing neighbors. Review Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 200
Owned Books on TBR Today: 201
Thank you to Bill @ The Australian Legend for his recommendation!