Family Shennanigans


Vocab 1

Learning from Mistakes

After posting last week I realised that things got kind of messy and confusing so for those of you who tuned in again, thank you! Here’s a video of me doing each of the signs above individually in order.

Put it Together

After learning the words individually it’s time to figure out how to put words into sentences. That’s one thing that has been really interesting is that 2-3 signs can make a full question and response. Once again learning from mistakes (oops) here is a video of the sentences I’m saying which I will first say in English before signing for clarity.


  1. Hey, what’s your name?
  2. Are you married?
  3. Do you have children?
  4. How many sisters do you have?
  5. What is your mom’s name?
  6. Is your dad dead?
  7. Whre do you live?
  8. Is this his/hers/theirs?
  9. How do you signthe word “we”
  10. Is your name B-O-B?
  11. Are you divorces?
  12. How many brothers do you have?
  13. Do you have a sister?
  14. Spell your dad’s name slowly?
  15. Have you met my brother?
  16. What is your wife’s name?
  17. Is your sister single?
  18. What is your grandma’s name?
  19. How do you sign ‘they’?

A lot of the terms I used this week were very binary (male and female). But in my learning I found this video on genre inclusive signs. Pleaes check it out!

BONAS: 1 Hand 10 Numbers


As we looked more into family this week I wanted to share mine with you.  This is my lovely family, my sister Sarah, my dad Todd, and my mom Marj.

Munro Family

If you’re interested in an easy alahphabet, and finger signing resource check out this website, it is a sign language generator. But if you are looking for full signs here is a HANDY (pun always intended) video dictionary for ASL.

I Tube, We Tube, YOUTUBE

This week for my educational technology class (EDTC300) we took time to view Michael Wesch’s “An anthropological introduction to Youtube”.  Like I have stated in earlier blog posts I have always had an interest in psychology and I think this really fed my curiosity on anthropology though I still remained nervous. The word anthropology is intimidating enough, but when you realize you’re trying to relate and understand humankind, the intimidation factor increases. But still I found this video fascinating.  It was not only easy to understand and follow but it provided my opportunity to relate and reflect on my own experience with technology and where I see this relationship going. 

As we continue to exam what the future of education will look like I think my previous blog directly relates to the incorporation when my take away was “embrace technology but don’t let it replace your humanity”.

Presently we are taking part in online teaching and with this full embrace of technology, but I think what we need to focus on is that technology is a tool it is not a replacement for teachers. I loved using youtube in my classroom during my pre-internship, I found so many ice-breakers, lesson ideas, and some great resources for explaining like Crash Course.  Youtube is a great tool for people to connect, share their stories, and express themselves. It provides the opportunity to share yourself with the world, without have to be famous (even though many musicians start there). The internet provides people with freedom, to share themselves and their original content, or to put forward the face of the person they want to be. 

What really stuck out for me was the debate of the online community and those who are involved in it. Though I stated that technology can’t replace human interaction is can create a community where people are able to build relationships from it. We see people create a following and viewers become genuinely invested in vlogger’s lives, relationships, and careers included. But what comes up a lot in the online persona debate is the authenticity of people’s online self. When Youtube first began people were becoming furious for others not showing their true selves, and creating this fake persona. However as we move into modern society it has almost become a game. With shows like “Catfish” and “The Circle” people are becoming internet sensations for showing their not true self, and where the authenticity of their identity is constantly questioned.  How can we complain about the fakeness that we continuously make famous?

What I found myself thinking about a lot is the idea of a false identity only becoming known when Youtube was created and the internet became common. So many people in the video by Wesch were talking, admitting that they don’t put them real self out there, its an exaggerated version of themself, the person they want to be, a person they think will be accepted. And though I believe that the internet has increased the scale that this is done to, I think it’s always happened. 

We all have different personas or faces that only certain people get to see. Personally I act differently around family then I do my friends, my colleges at school, and my coworkers. Though all of these “personalities” are me they are a different version of myself. They are held to a different sort of standard in appearance, professionalism, and overall communication. As a society we adapt ourselves to who or what we need to be in the environment we are in. It’s “survival of the fittest” and adapting to your environment that I think allows us to be successful in today’s society. People shouldn’t change who they are, or disregard their morals and character. But I do believe filtering parts of you to become more respected, or successful has always been something that we as humans have done.



Tinkerbell's blog : The Three Faces.

ABC’s, 123’s in ASL

This Weeks Learning Objectives:

  • Have a briefly understanding the history of ASL
  • Have a brief understanding of Deaf Culture
  • Have a basic understanding of Pidgin (contact signing)
  • New “first meeting” terms and sentences

Putting Sentences Together

What sets sign language apart from other languages is that there is no need to directly translate each word individually, but the sentence as a whole. there are no signs for “it”, “the”, “of”, “are”, and “by”. In English I would ask someone “What is your name”, but I would sign “Your name what” with my eyebrows down. As stated before ASL includes facial and body communication, with people, generally instructed to raise eyebrows or “yes or no” questions and lowering them for “WH-” questions such as: who, what, where, when, why how.

First Meeting

What I learned through my reading this week is that upon meeting a new Deaf person a similar conversation often takes place. It is common for people to tell Deaf people where they are learning to sign, who their instructor is, and if their instructor is deaf or hearing. Though when you are first starting it will be obvious you are learning (it’ll be choppy, and slow) people may not ask if you are learning but as you continue to develop it is important to mention your hearing status to those in the Deaf Community. 

This next video is briefly what an introduction would look like. Though I learned the signs and I remember them I have a question sheet written out in English on what I want to sign.

“Hi, my name is Brianne Munro. It is nice to meet you. I am hearing. I am a student at the University of Regina. I am learning to sign. My teacher’s name is Bill he is deaf. He is a good teacher. I understand him. I like him. “

Phrases  In Order in Video

  1. What is your name?
  2. Are you Deaf?
  3. Are you a student?
  4. What is your teacher’s name?
  5. Do you understand him/her?
  6. Who is he/she/that?
  7. What is your name again?
  8. Is she/he a student?
  9. Is this yours?
  10. It is nice to meet you?
  11. Are you a hearing person?
  12. Are you an ASL teacher?
  13. Where are you learning to sign?
  14. Why are you learning to sign?
  15. How do you sign thanks?
  16. Is she/he a student?
  17. Are they learning sign language?
  18. Who is your teacher?
  19. Do you like learning sign language?

Review of the alphabet in ASL. (Secretly signing the song in my head)

The Alphabet

In English past learning the alphabet we generally don’t use individual letters. When upon first meeting someone you spell your name using the alphabet which is commonly referred to as “fingerspelling”. As you build relationships and enter into the ASL community you may be given a “name sign” which is essentially a single hand motion that specifically represents you rather than spelling your name in a conversation. However, this name sign must be assigned to you by a person who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing and this process cannot be rushed. However, fingerspelling isn’t just used for names. Things that are also commonly spelled are places, titles, organizations, and brands. However for someone like me who is learning ASL, to ask someone what the proper sign is for a word you need to first spell it out to ask. 


Getting Familiar with ASL

Like I said in my last post I do have some experience with sign language. I know my alphabet and some basic words that I have been able to participate in some simple conversations and get the gist of what is being communicated. But this week I wanted to start diving into some of the basic histories behind ASL, as well as beginning to expand my vocabulary and building sentences.

What is ASL?.

Sign Language is often simplified to the point of categorizing it as a language expressed through the movement of the hands. However, ASL is truly a gesture-based language that is largely expressed through the entire body: raising and lowering eyebrows, tilting or shaking the head, twisting body, it is a full-body expression. What is important to recognize is that like we different forms and types of Englishes around the world we have different sign languages as well. The Philippines, Ghana, Nigeria,  Chad, Madagascar, and many more have their own sign language. Though ASL or American based Sign Language is dominant it is important to recognize the different versions that exist and it is not automatically a nationwide understood language understood by all those who are apart of the deaf and heard of hearing community.

Deaf Culture

Like all languages that exist, ASL comes with its own culture, and as someone who wants to be apart of this community think one of the first steps in building respect for it. One thing that I did know going into this was that people apart of the deaf and hard of hearing community do not consider their deafness a disability. They do not see themselves as impaired versions of Hearing people, but instead, a cultural group bonded together by a common language. Many people in this community would choose to remain deaf if given the opportunity.

I was able to learn the difference between someone being “deaf” and someone being “Deaf” (note that the only difference is the capitalization of the “d”. Those who are dear refers to the physical deafness that one lives in related to the “medical model”. While “Deaf” refers to those who are “culturally Deaf” and feel that being Deaf is about “language, culture and a visual orientation to life”.

“It may help to realize it isn’t out “deafness” that we value. rather it is our “Deafhood”.

The video above is by the user “The Essential Sign” and thought her page itself does not teach people how to sign she does cover a lot of “Do’s and Don’ts”, as well of what her life if like and the ASL interpretation of songs. Though I can’t directly learn sign language from her I find her page engaging and interesting to watch.

Pidgin, ASL, and other Acronyms

As someone looking to communicate with those in the deaf community we learn American Sign Language. But, often people who are deaf have hearing parents causing a learning curve for parents and child which can be difficult. What we often don’t realize is that ASL has its own grammar rules that differ from English that can cause difficulty for those who have English as their primary language. Pidgin (Pidgin Sign English or PSE) is a combination of Sign Language and English. PSE is not a language in itself though it is a “communication system”.  PSE is a source of communication intended to bridge the gap between “Hearies and Deafies”.

Taking Twitter into Teaching

When I was in grade 9 teachers started bringing in Twitter into the classroom and to be honest we never used it. Twitter was the cool new thing and teachers were trying to be hip. But now as we a society become more tech-savvy and aware I believe it can be a great communication tool. Teachers and students can have academic accounts where they put out reminders on homework, test, and field trips.  Teachers can post their online resources for students to follow along with readings, challenge themselves learning more, sharing their own findings. This can also be a simple tool that teachers use to communicate with parents. This could include dates and information, as well as resources to help parents assist their children with homework. I also think that Twitter would be a great media to update parents on what is being covered in classes and help avoid the dreadful conversation:

“what did you do today”


“What did you learn today”

“oh ya know”


I would encourage teachers to check out the eLearning Industry as they are continuously providing teachers with educational online resources. Specifically, this article if you’re looking to incorporate Twitter into your teaching.

Education in the Future

Let’s be honest the world is crazy right now as we remain on some type of quarantine due to Covid-19 and the future is very much unknown. We brave -40 weather all winter, don’t do snow days, as schools, and education have not only always been an expectation but a priority.  As we adapt to this new virus availability and environment may differ but the priority of education is still very real. As painful as it has been to see people around the world struggle it has also been a glorious time to see people join together. As we struggle on not being able to see students, friends, and family the community of teachers all across the world have never been closer. With shares resources, lessons, and any kind of knowledge they can, teachers have once again proved their love and passion for not only the job but for helping others.

Fall 2020

Presently I am waiting to see where  I will be placed on my 4-month teaching internship in the fall. But the type of physical and technological environment that I will be entering into is also unknown, and to be honest it’s terrifying. It’s hard not to know where I will be living, working, or what I will be doing in general. It’s been lately that I have had to accept that sometimes the scariest things are the unknown answers to the many questions we have. This week the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan have both announced that classes will be strictly online. Though I don’t believe that that public schools will be taking this same turn it is a very real possibility. I expect to see some type of adapted school day with staggered days or start times. Having half of the students in certain days and the other half on opposite days, whilst also having online assignments and teachings posted for the “school days” that don’t necessarily take place at school. Education will always be a priority but so is the safety of our school staff, and students. I can not wait to see and truly have the opportunity to interact with my future students, but all will happen on its own uncontrolled timeline.


I have always been a person with a schedule and with a plan. If you asked me anytime from my 16th birthday and later where I saw myself in 5 years I would have a plan. And though this plan’s exact steps have changed the major points have always remained the same. Though 2025 seems so close I think that we as a society have continuously demonstrated how much things can change and how far we can come, in numerous ways; technology included, in five years. I used to dream of hovercars and houses, and phones that could talk (thanks Siri) but the evolution of the appearance education itself is not something I ever considered. I think about the changes to the curriculum based on the new events, learnings, ways of life, and social awareness but the environment always stayed the same. I never saw a time when school was online (unless by choice) coming in our future and to be honest, this is also a hope of mine. I think it is important to utilize technology in the classroom for resources, assignments, and creativity but I believe that school itself should remain a physical place. I believe that students should have the opportunity to leave their houses and have the opportunity to meet people their age, and learn with them. I think that the interaction between a student and a teacher is irreplaceable and valuable.  Though I wouldn’t go as far as Albert Einstein and say “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots” as I think that technology can be a wonderful resource, but I do see the danger. The danger in the replacement of human interaction with technological interaction, and the influence that unreliable resources can have on that lack this critical lens.

Embrace Technology but don’t let it Replace your Humanity.




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New Journey Announcement

Hey Everyone!

I just wanted to come on and let you all know that my blog is going to be taking a bit of a different turn for the next while. Right now I am working on my Education degree at the University of Regina, and though I am very excited to be done I am really enjoying this last part of my journey. Part of this journey includes taking EDTC 300, which roughly means Educational Technology.

As apart of this journey my peers and I have been challenged to learn a new skill in the next few months through online resources, this can include blogs, youtube videos, podcasts, or apps, really whatever we need to support us best as long as it is online. Though I am really excited about learning a new skill I’m honestly terrified about the recording and documenting side of this assignment. I am not tech-savvy WHAT SO EVER. Doing video voice over, putting clips together, even including text in a video are completely new ideas to me…and I am TERRIFIED.  To be honest I originally made I video for this post but after take 73 I gave up.  BUT I’m excited for this new journey and for you all to join me.

What I am choosing to learn is American Sign Language (ASL). I chose this because I grew up with a person who was nonverbal but communicated through sign language. From this, I was able to learn some common phrases and terms so we were able to have some sort of relationship which was wonderful, but still minimal. I think it was in Grade 3 that my entire class learned “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” in sign language and were able to perform together, which once again was wonderful but still didn’t seem really inclusive. Though this performance was a great idea, it’s one thing in twelve years of school. Looking back I wish I could’ve known/done more. Now as I look forward as a future educator I want to put more emphasis on making a welcoming and adaptive learning environment.

I don’t want to say I want to learn a specific number of words, because I feel like it’s too easy to learn words and not know how to use them in a sentence. So instead, I am going to focus on learning phrases, sentences, and responses that I can not only use in my day to day life but my professional teaching life as well. Right now I am also working as a server as well so I would like to learn some more food and menu terms that I can use in there to make the restaurant a more welcoming place there as well.

I see a lot of videos online of people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or nonverbal communicating with a worker of some sort via. sign language and how moving it is. Though these videos are heartwarming I find it heartbreaking that people are so moved to have the basic opportunity to communicate with someone in their language. I would like to see the ASL community grow and resources for learning to become more well-known.  As I go through this journey I am happy and relieved to be joined by my friend Olivia. We are hoping to be able to have a  conversation by the end of this and be able to communicate consistently. I encourage you all to check out her blog and support her at Ms.Moats Education Journey.

Your Turn

As I go through this I will be sharing the resources that I try with you all and let you know what I think of them. But, if you know of any great ones, or are curious about let me know as I would love to check them out! Also, feel free to continue to follow the rest of my Educational Technology journey on my twitter page @MsBMunro



Shout out to some great companies and people who have begun to normalize sign-language in their businesses.