Classroom Interpreting

Deaf Education Teachers - Help ensure communication between the classroom teacher and the interpreter.

It can be awkward for the classroom teacher to have another professional in the classroom all the time. There are wide individual differences in how teachers react. When the response is positive and inclusive, the classroom teacher and the interpreter can work collaboratively to provide access. But some classroom teachers may need assistance in understanding why they have a role in this type of accommodation. Many may see the interpreter as a tool rather than an educational team member. Lack of communication between the teacher and the educational interpreter can increase the isolation of a student who is deaf or hard of hearing and reduce the student’s access to the educational process.

The deaf educator can ensure this communication happens and can help the classroom teacher understand how collaborative work supports the interpreter and the student.