Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 6 Blog Post

So today I Johan a youth group( church meeting) about a missions trip that I am going to this summer to Puerto Rico. I am super duper excited and I can't wait. One of the things my youth director wants us to do for homework is to learn our favorite bible verse in Spanish( native language of Puerto Rico). So i thought that while I'm at it, I could also learn how to sign my favorite bible verse in ASL. So the verse is:
Philippians 4:13 for I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
  After researching, the Spanish translation is: 

So know I can tell the children there my favorite bible verse in Spanish woohoo!
Now I will look up how to sign Philippians 4:13 in ASL: 
Well this is the URL cause I couldn't figure out how to attach a video 

Thanks for reading today! 

Sunday, March 23, 2014


In class on Friday we had one minute presentations to show our progress throughout the year and we will continue those presentations Monday. So for this blog post I decided I would talk about what I am going  to say when it's my turn t speak.

This year I haven't done exactly what I have wanted. I have learned that ASL is bigger that it is made out to be. It's a language and it's just as serious as Spanish or English because it connects those who are deaf to the outside world. There are so many people that wouldn't be able to communicate otherwise. When i started this project I didn't think it would be such a task. I'm glad I did it though. I have learned how you really have to persevere in the real world. You have to constantly work and you have to really want something in order to reach your goal. I have learned the alphabet and a lot of vocabulary which is nice to know, but I'm sad to say I won't be able to complete my goal. It's difficult to do this all by myself especially when I have no connection to ASL or no time to take classes or lessons from people who do know it. There were a lot of setbacks in this project, but I don't feel like I have completely failed. I feel like I have learned a lot from this project alone, and it has shown me the dedication I need to have in order to complete hints like this in the future.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Blog Post

This week I reviewed the first few lessons of sign language. I will not be able to do my whole project in signs. Probably just a few sentences. I need to focus on learning verbs so I can form my sentences better.

After researching the odds of being deaf I feel really thankful for my awesome sight. My awesome eyesight. My awesome health. It's very horrible that people all around the world are deaf and hardly no one cares. A lot of people don't really try to help, or even notice those with the disabilities. For my speech at the end of the year I would like to bring awareness to this fact and maybe to to create something TO bring awareness.
Gennie Martin

Friday, February 28, 2014

Be brave

What I like most about this project the most is how much I have learned this year about having perseverance. Today in class's we watched a ted video about a boy with a sickness that mentioned that being brave is hard. At the start of this year I took a chance and chose to do ASL as my project. I don't have any insight in ASL or any relationship to someone who was deaf. It was a a blind choice and I had to have faith that I could accomplish it.

This year if I could've changed something, I would have changed the beginning of the year. I would have had to have more research in order to start the project. So since I am doing ASL, I would have Had to do research in order to sign the sheet to do my project. 
What I like about the project is that no matter whether you finish your project or not, you still learn. You still have an amazing experience.

Gennie Martin

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Winter Break - February 23

I may or May not be switching out of Mr. provenzanos class. I really like mr. Provenzanos class, but because I may have to switch out of my honors math and it would in turn remove me from Mr. Provenzanos class. Even if I was switched out, I would most likely continue the 20-time project.

So his classes are having a Ted ex event at our highschool, GPS. At the end of the year he will pick 15 student to speak at this event. Although I do not have much progress to show, I do have a lot to say of he journey this year in my project. As I was up north over winter break I had an idea for Part of a speech that I could give in this event.

Every winter my family and I go up north to Traverse City and the same with this year for a week. The first day after making the trip up north, my family and I went out on the Grand Traverse Bay which for once in a long time was frozen over. My dad and brother started shoveling a certain area that they believed was smooth so they could skate. But when I went down and grabbed a shovel, instead of joining my dad and brother,I took my shovel and just went. I shoveled my own path. I went on my own way. By shoveling snow in this way I was able to find a perfect patch of ice out on the lake. My dad eventually came over to me with a confused look and demanded that I shovel in the main area instead of "goofing off" and randomly shoveling around. Yeah I looked silly and maybe a little strange, but if I hadn't have done that, i would never had found that perfect patch. Instead of conforming,I tried something new,and it worked. But it's not always going to work. It's not always going to happen exactly theway you want. What if I had not found that perfect patch?Would I have failed? No. I would look funny randomly shoveling the ice out on the bay, but I would not have failed. I would still be adventurous and keep trying new things. carpe diem. Try something new. Stop doing the things you do everyday like a pattern. seize the day and do something new.

Gennie Martin

Friday, February 7, 2014

Moving on - feb 9th

I can't give up now. It's been more than half of the year and it impossible to restart the project now. 
I will have to have perseverance. As a girl with no relation to deaf family or friends, there is no real purpose or need to learn the language. Some people just have to learn it to live their life while for me, I may not have an interaction with kids or adults that are deaf in my life. 

Each day I go to my Spanish 3 class and learn. When will I use that language? If I go to Mexico or Spain sometime? I don't plan to move to see places anytime soon although I am going to Puerto Rico over the summer for a missions trip. Why isn't ASL a language we can learn like this? People at my school learn Latin- a dead language that isn't even used anymore. People learn German at South even though 1.3 million people in the United States. According to Google," 2-4 people out of 1000 people are born deaf, while more than half become deaf relatively later in life. There's just so many people that it should be a language more apparent in our daily life.
Gennie Martin

Monday, February 3, 2014

Super Bowl Sunday

As I write this blog post, the Super Bowl National Anthem is playing. Out of the corner of my eye is shown a women signing as the song is sung. Does anyone else notice her or am I the only one?

No. I am not alone. Thousands of people across America are watching her. Some do it to connect with the world while some like me are just interested. How incredible would it be to do that someday. To sign in front of maybe thousands or more people.

I have understood that I have not done very much with my project. I have mostly thought abou he language and tried to understand their point of view. I may not be able to sign my whole presentation at the end of the year in sign language, but I will have accomplished a lot.

When I was a lot younger my mom would always tell me "carpe diem" meaning seize the day. I took that in as do something new, try something different, go beyond your regular schedule and make a mistake or fail for once. By failing this project I can say I have seized the day. It may sound wierd but I have. This project has not gone to waste though. I could now do some small communications with others if confronted as well as numbers and figersigning. I have also learned about having self discipline. I have sports a year and homework that keeps me up late into the night and I really need to have self discipline to get me through the project so I can meet the deadlines hat I set for myself.
For all the things I need to do, I am going to have to have loads of self discipline to keep my head on the right track.

I I could redo this year and pick a different project I might. Although I have learned things from doing his project poorly, I could've have picked a project that I could actually complete. One I really would have wanted to do would have been based around the saying Carpe Diem. Doing something big and unusual every day would have gotten me out of my comfort zone and probably changed the person I am today. I almost wish I could go back and pick this project instead, yet I dont know tips that is possible.

Thanks rpfor reading,
Gennie Martin