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A Meeting of Minds: Developing ASL Discourse Through a Morning Meeting Or: Discourse Competency in 15 minutes a Day.

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1 A Meeting of Minds: Developing ASL Discourse Through a Morning Meeting Or: Discourse Competency in 15 minutes a Day

2 Goals for the Morning Meeting To modify existing morning meeting structures and events to specifically facilitate the linguistic growth of Deaf students in both ASL and English To modify existing morning meeting structures and events to specifically facilitate the linguistic growth of Deaf students in both ASL and English To develop group communication skills and ASL discourse competence To develop group communication skills and ASL discourse competence

3 Goals…. To increase students metalinguistic awareness of and skill in using ASL and English To increase students metalinguistic awareness of and skill in using ASL and English To increase students identification with the culture of Deaf people To increase students identification with the culture of Deaf people

4 Why a morning meeting? Students must develop conversational language in order to develop academic language Students must develop conversational language in order to develop academic language Deaf students from hearing families need support in developing conversational skills in ASL Deaf students from hearing families need support in developing conversational skills in ASL After preschool, little instructional time is devoted to developing discourse competence After preschool, little instructional time is devoted to developing discourse competence

5 What is ASL discourse competence? The ability to use eye gaze, tactile cues and visual cues appropriately The ability to use eye gaze, tactile cues and visual cues appropriately The ability to use ASL to converse, question, discuss, joke and obtain information The ability to use ASL to converse, question, discuss, joke and obtain information

6 Why is ASL discourse competence so important? The lack of sophisticated competence translates into limited academic achievement The lack of sophisticated competence translates into limited academic achievement Vital for full participation in class Vital for full participation in class ASL is a significant part of being Deaf ASL is a significant part of being Deaf

7 Features of the Morning Meeting Greeting Greeting Group Activity Group Activity Sharing Sharing News and Announcements News and Announcements

8 Greeting Written message uses ASL and English Written message uses ASL and English Co-operative and peer mediated Co-operative and peer mediated Practices ASL conversational skills Practices ASL conversational skills Builds metalanguage Builds metalanguage

9 Group Activity Builds community Builds community Uses language based games to teach aspects of ASL poetry/storytelling Uses language based games to teach aspects of ASL poetry/storytelling Develops knowledge of and skill in using ASL Develops knowledge of and skill in using ASL

10 Sharing Makes connections between home and school Makes connections between home and school Builds public speaking, listening and questioning skills Builds public speaking, listening and questioning skills Language developmentI+1 Language developmentI+1

11 News and Announcements Cognitively demandingabstract Cognitively demandingabstract Develops academic language Develops academic language Develops socio-cultural awareness Develops socio-cultural awareness Engages the students in real talk Engages the students in real talk

12 Learning Features Teacher modeling/scaffolding Teacher modeling/scaffolding Peer-mediated learning Peer-mediated learning Reflective talk/self-evaluation Reflective talk/self-evaluation Real talk Real talk

13 Through the Morning Meeting, the students will develop the following: Communicative Competence Communicative Competence Language competence Language competence Group process skills Group process skills Ways of accessing the social world to get information Ways of accessing the social world to get information

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