Regular Education Teachers - Interpreting for Students at Different Ages
Classroom teachers are developmental specialists. Teachers understand child development across broad domains of cognitive, language, academic, and social development. Most educational interpreters do not have developmental training, although they may have intuitive child skills.
The teacher can help the interpreter by discussing his/her broad developmental expectations for students in general, including:
- Expectations for language growth
- Aspects of social development that are relevant for that particular grade
- Expectations for conflict resolution
All this information may be new to the educational interpreter. The teacher can help the interpreter accommodate students at different ages by sharing thoughts about developmental goals.
One important aspect of a deaf or hard of hearing student's education is learning how to manage his/her own interpreting. When they become adults, they will need to negotiate learning, careers, and many interactions using interpreters. The classroom teacher can help ensure that the student has developmentally appropriate expectations for his/her own responsibility for learning.