Handwriting Course New Schedule ;-)

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Tue Jan 16 18:29:51 UTC 2007

SignWriting List
January 16, 2007

Hello Adam and Everyone!
Ha! You want to see how Ms. Valerie Sutton does her homework? ;-))

I will share mine if you share yours - ha!

Anyway...it will all happen...just on a more relaxed schedule...

Sorry to hear you have been ill, Adam - Get well soon -

Val ;-)


On Jan 16, 2007, at 10:21 AM, Adam Frost wrote:

> I am all for what has been suggested. Sorry I have been a bit quite
> lately, but I have been ill as well. (Val, I have my homework all
> written, but hadn't gotten it scanned yet. I will later today. And
> don't stress yourself. :-) ) I know that I won't lose interest in the
> subject. I just want to see how Ms. Valerie Sutton does her
> handwritting because I have my own way that I have developed as well.
> *grin* Maybe I'll show you some sometime.
> Keep healthy everyone. :-)
> Adam
> On 1/16/07, Valerie Sutton <signwriting at mac.com> wrote:
>> SignWriting List
>> January 16, 2007
>> Hello Kim, Stefan and Stuart!
>> Thanks for your messages...see my answer below...
>> Kimberley Shaw wrote:
>> > Sounds good to me, Val - you do so much already! Better, I  
>> think, to
>> > do a little, and thoroughly, then to plan a lot and need to drop  
>> it.
>> > So glad handwriting interests so many folks.
>> > Kim from Boston
>> ------
>> Stefan Wöhrmann wrote:
>> > ....I am looking forward to see more of your own Handwriting!
>> > (especially
>> > Handwriting Priting SW)  To compare your way of writing the arrows,
>> > the
>> > circles, the handshapes,..with my own exercises so far is most
>> > interesting
>> > to me. So please think about this and if possible think about your
>> > coming procedure
>> > a second time. Feedback to this posting is most welcome! Stefan ;-)
>> ------
>> Stuart Thiessen wrote:
>> > I think Stefan has some wisdom here. With this many students, it is
>> > too difficult to give individual feedback on all of our sentences.
>> > But if you can identify some common mistakes or suggestions for
>> > improvement, that might be a good place to start. I'm sure we will
>> > be able to see what you mean and apply it to our writing. Thanks,
>> > Stuart
>> ------
>> Hello Kim, Stefan and Stuart!
>> Thank you for your responses...I can see you really want to learn
>> Handwriting! THAT IS NICE TO KNOW...believe me...that makes me
>> happy ;-))
>> Stefan's email painted such a nice picture of teaching Deaf children,
>> and I admire your teaching skills, Stefan, and I also think your work
>> with SignWriting, with so many students coming in and out of your
>> class, is quite remarkable. I am happy to know that students visit
>> you from other classrooms! That is a good development...they sound
>> like they are interested in SignWriting too!
>> And I realize that you are right, that it is important that I develop
>> this new course, which I have never taught before, which goes into my
>> own personal notes and shows you how I personally write by hand, when
>> no one is looking - ha!
>> Basically I write with the Shorthand blended with the Printing...that
>> is the truth....and that blend, I believe, creates a
>> Handwriting...and I believe it can lead to true cursive, connected
>> writing too...but that is true development time needed...and is not
>> something I have ever taught before...and it may just be that the
>> Shorthand in its own right, should be taught as well...The old book
>> SignWriting Shorthand for Sign Language Stenography should probably
>> be updated and posted on the web...it was first published in
>> 1982...and to this day, I use the Shorthand personally...so all these
>> subjects need ongoing exploration and will not be abandoned...it just
>> will take time...and cannot be accomplished this month!
>> I truly hate to bring up my personal situation...but I did mention it
>> in my last email a little...Three nights ago I was pretty ill. I am
>> doing better now, but I have an infection... A normal person would
>> have no problem with this, but unfortunately I have an immune system
>> disorder, which means I do not fight infection in a normal way, and I
>> have to be in bed half days now to be sure I can handle our Board
>> meeting on January 27th...
>> So my day-job is complex...I wear many hats...it is running the whole
>> organization in my meager little way...and the teaching is when I
>> feel I can squeeze it in, in-between doing the required paperwork I
>> must do for the annual meeting...I got a grant, by the way, at the
>> end of December, and I am so proud of that, but we have to discuss
>> non-profit paperwork at the meeting and when I got ill, I panicked
>> that I would not be able to handle everything by the time of the
>> meeting on January 27th...
>> On top of that, there are other pressures I am not going to detail to
>> you, that are important for SignWriting too, in the long run, and
>> that also has deadlines behind the scenes...and then so many students
>> started to send in their homework...it did become overwhelming for
>> me...but nice to know so many people are interested!
>> And as soon as I wrote the email saying I was going to do less, I
>> immediately felt better! Which makes me think that my health will be
>> just fine, if I have less stress and pressure...
>> So...ok...I understand what you are saying...
>> The curriculum for the course is not developed yet...this is not a
>> course that has been taught before...so there is some work to prepare
>> the new lessons...
>> I suggest that I finish posting the student's homework on the web
>> today, and then go to bed again...Then tomorrow I should work on the
>> paperwork for the Board meeting so I feel less pressure there...
>> So here is my decision...
>> I promise I will finish the course, but I cannot promise exact
>> dates...It may get finished in February or March, but I cannot make
>> any promises...I will need to squeeze it in, between other jobs and
>> resting...
>> I am afraid you will have to accept that, since I need to feel less
>> stress now...
>> I am fully aware that some of the students may lose interest, but
>> that is ok...I don't blame you...I would too!
>> Since I am posting everything on the web no matter what, the course
>> can always be re-visited by students later...and in that way..the
>> dates as to when lessons are posted do not matter as much - thank
>> goodness!
>> You may find that I will come through faster than expected, but I do
>> need a week now to rest more...
>> Thanks for your eagerness!
>> Val ;-)

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