Take Advantage of How the Brain Learns Best
3. For English language learners, fingerspelling provides multiple pathways to learning success with letters, sounds, and high-frequency “heart words.” (Many English language learners master fingerspelling faster than their English-speaking classmates.)
Wow! You learned to sing, fingerspell, and read another new word!
5. The strategies used to teach fingerspell are supported by decades of visual learning research. Teachers and children have crystal-clear, achievable learning targets. Teachers provide specific feedback, children learn to assess their progress, and mastery is acknowledged and celebrated! (Read John Hattie’s book, Visible Learning for Teachers)
The more you practice, the better you get!
7. Learning to fingerspell provides a family literacy experience, multiplying our teaching effectiveness. Free online ASL video clips and ABC support for at-home practice are available. Let parents know that fingerspelling not only builds hand-eye coordination for writing but also develops strength and dexterity for athletics and playing a musical instrument.
Parents as Partners multiplies our teaching effectiveness.
9. Learning to fingerspell builds children’s pride in mastering a new communication skill. It teaches children to focus, observe closely, work hard, and develop visual motor integration.
You worked hard, and now you’re an expert at fingerspelling every letter from A to Z. You must feel proud of becoming a fingerspelling expert.