Monday, July 14, 2008
I decide to teach Kid of Deaf Adult (KODA) surfing lessons because last year I taught some deaf children and adults. My new challenge would be to teach KODA because it's a bit different than deaf student; however they all know American Sign Language (ASL). It's perfect for me so I can communicate with anyone who knows ASL much easier. Teaching them in ASL really does inspire me. Here are some the photos that I taught 3 KODAS.
I did really had a great time teaching them. Seeing them smile influenced me to smile then I influenced them back too. It was really cool! Now you noticed the students wearing yellow shirts and I was wearing red shirt, there is a short story behind this. Remember I mentioned about last year that I was teaching deaf students as voluntary, I decided to go to Pacific Beach Surf Shop because I would to be more involved with teaching surf lessons. The owner of the shop named Randy knows me from surfing at my local spot and I asked him some questions about teaching skills and rules of teaching students.
After talking with him, he decided to ask me why not work for him. It was funny because I was asking him questions and I did not expect to work for him right away. He was asking me how long I have surfed and if I have alot of experiences with surfing. I told him yes, I have surfed for 14 years and the first time I ever surfed was about 20 years ago. Randy thought I'm qualified for the job and wondered if I could make some contacts in the deaf community. I told him yes then he said go ahead start making contacts with them. I'm shocked that I can go ahead and contact the deaf community.
Wait a minute, deaf community? How about ASL community? Yes, it's more like it. There are ASL students out there that they are taking ASL classes. Why not teach them how to surf and learn ASL at the same time?! It's win and win situation. Deaf, Children of Deaf Adult (CODA)s, KODAs, and ASL students, please come and check this website out, Pacific Beach Surf School. You see this cool shirt?
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