• Ms Woods
    Milby H.S.
    Ms. Woods-Kessellie, Helen M. 

    Milby H.S. 
    Deaf, Ed. Program 

    Email: hwoods1@houstonisd.org


     Dear Parents,

    Welcome to my page! I am "chomping at the bit" to meet each of you personally. Please do not hesitiate to contact me if you have any questions.
    Ms. Woods -Kessellie
    Mod-ELA Classes serving all struggling Deaf English learners and how it is designed specifically for the language and reading development of deaf students; however, they can be used as learning tools for hearing students learning Ameriican Sign Language ( ASL).
    Mod Reading and Wirting Class which require signing in American Sign Language (ASL) concepts for comprehension.  Bridging explore giving the deaf students the process of pointing out and emphasizing these phrases as they  learn to read and write. Many times deaf students or  the teacher will sign words in written English rotely as they read, using signs from a sign code. This kind of reading ( or word-signing) inhibits the deaf student's reading progress.
    An Example of a bridge phrase requiring multiple sign concepts depending on context is down the street. " A ball is hit down the street, " is signed differently from, " A man is walking down the street." If down the street is signed the same way in both sentences, meaning is lost.
    The Bridge is divided by grade levels to make learning easier. When reading with a deaf student I recommend incorporating the bridging process. This allows the conceptual signing of phrases, rather than the word-by-word signing required by most sign codes. Another example, if one signs, " Please, put out the fire, " word-by-word, one is literally signing, " Please, pick up the fire and put it outside."  Bridging provides the visual translation of the phras's true meaning, extinguish the fire. Using the bridging process when reading allows deaf students access to written English. As text becomes meaningful, reading skills improve dramatically. In addition, an awareness of the need for consistent use of ASL signing concepts, while reading written English, enables learners to improve their communication and sign skills.
    Mod- English classes explore deaf students to read and sign more accurately as they begin the arduous task of simultaneously reading Englsih while thinking in the learning ASL; Also to provide myself and students of ASL a consistent method to begin learning the English language.
    Examples of our Codes:
    * Same meaning, multiple signs
    ^ Specific to situation; multiple meanins, multiple signs
    ^* Sign depends on referring noun
    ! Usually hand shape stays the same, but the motion, direction, and/or expression changes.
    ~~ These words frequently appear in English, but do not exit in ASL. ( Fingerspell with follow-up explanations).
    fs Fingerspell
    fs loan sign  Adapted fingerspelling
    be verbs All be verbs signed with true or fingerspelled.

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