Thursday, June 14, 2018
End of the year means end of the year IEPs. The special ed. teachers are busy.
The teacher of the visually impaired classes had one IEP third period. Her English student had a final to take.
Ms. D gave me the test in Braille, a typed copy of the test, and the original page (from some published book). She told me that I'd need to help Kelly with her reading.
I gave Kelly the Braille test. She put her paper into the Braille machine and we got to work. She read the first sentence...
And I understood why my assistance was required.
In case you've ever wondered, hearing a student who's visually impaired sound out words is exactly the same as hearing a sighted student's reading attempts. Although, some letter confusions were not the letters I'd expect.
She'd read the sentence. I'd nudge her towards getting the correct pronunciations. Then I'd leave her to figure out her answer, and she'd Braille it in. (So, I have no idea if she got it right or not.)
This took the entire period.
(That's why she's in special ed. If she didn't need the extra help, she'd be mainstreamed out to the regular ed. classes. They can accomodate students who are visually impaired.)