Classroom Interpreting

Regular Education Teachers - Discipline and the Educational Interpreter

Of course the classroom teacher is responsible for discipline in his/her own classroom for all students, not just the ones who can hear. It is important to communicate with the educational interpreter about how discipline issues will be handled.

Teachers vary widely in how they approach discipline in the classroom. Some teachers prefer that any adult in the classroom, including educational interpreters, be responsible for discipline. Other teachers prefer that they make all discipline decisions.

Because the interpreter is with the deaf or hard of hearing student all the time, the student can often be held to a higher standard. However, expectations should be the same for all students in the classroom, hearing or not, and they should be disciplined using the same rules. In some cases the standards for discipline may be different. If so, the interpreter should be notified of these differences.

All teachers overlook some aspects of classroom behavior. As a result, the teacher must communicate to the interpreter what his or her expectations are as well as provide some sense of where the line is drawn – that is, what types of problems are sometimes ignored and when is it appropriate to ignore them.