When I first found out I would have to be dedicating four hours a week to an independent learning project I became very nervous.
Thoughts that crossed my mind
1. I don’t even have four hours of free time a week how could I find the time to learn something new.
2. I have no idea what topic to choose.
3. How am I supposed to learn something all by myself.
Lets just say my mind went into stress overload and that’s when I had to close the computer and take a break. After having about a week to process this information and think about the project I decided it was probably time to start thinking about topics.
1. Golfing. I have clubs and would love to improve my game.
2. Cooking. I love cooking and am always trying new recipes
3. Crocheting. My grandma taught me a little and I already have the tools I need
4. Sign language. I have always been intrigued by this language
After lots of contemplating I decided my independent project would be dedicated to learning sign language, at least the basics. I have looked into taking sign language classes before, but they never worked out with my schedule. I figure with all the resources available online that I will be able to learn quite a lot about the language without having to spend extra money.
Learning sign language will also be a benefit to my future teaching. There have already been multiple times when I wasn’t able to effectively communicate with a student and wished I knew some sign language. Hopefully I will be able to take a class in the future, but this will be a great way to get started.