EDUDEAF: Interpreter vs. Aide

Key Words: Deaf Education Information, Deafness Related Issues, Deaf Education

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Date: Wed, 4 Dec 1996 07:08:21 -0800
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Subject: Interpreter vs. Aide
To: Multiple recipients of list EDUDEAF

I would like to know if there are any interpreters at the elementary or middle school level in this discussion group. If so, do you interpreter exclusively? Or are you expected to perform aide work?

Susan Carey
Middle School Interpreter

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Date: Wed, 4 Dec 1996 11:09:08 EST
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Subject: Re: Interpreter vs. Aide
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I am a teacher at the elementary level. We have two full time Interpreter/ Assistant positions here in our public school program. They both serve primarily as an interpreter. But, they are more accurately educational assistants who facilitate communication and assist in the educational process. They work one on one with students pre-teaching or reteaching concepts. Additionally they do "aid" work such as assisting with bulletin boards, making educational materials and even copying. They do NOT grade papers and are not responsible for assessment. They may assist in this process by providing valuable feedback to me, the teacher. However, I do not ask them to grade papers or record grades.

Cathy Brandt

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Date: Sat, 14 Dec 1996 13:39:16 -0800
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Subject: Re: Interpreter vs. Aide
Comments: To: Phillip & Susan Carey To: Multiple recipients of list EDUDEAF

I work at an elementary school as an interpreter. Occasionally I will tutor the deaf student also. If the deaf student is busy working independently and doesn't require interpreting services at that moment, I will do whatever the teacher needs at the moment, as long as it doesn't take me out of the classroom. I've done things like correct papers, cut out art projects etc. I don't mind doing these other things as long as it is clear that my first job is as an interpreter and that the moment the student needs an interpreter, I will drop whatever other job I am doing.

Talia Goeke

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Date: Sat, 14 Dec 1996 16:37:15 EST
Reply-To: A Practical Discussion List Regarding Deaf Education
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Subject: Re: Interpreter vs. Aide
To: Multiple recipients of list EDUDEAF

I think this is so critical that interpreters in ELEMENTARY schools understand that their FIRST priority is facilitating communication for the student. But, when a child is not needing the services of the interpreter they can certainly be a valuable asset to the total educational program which is being implemented.

Cathy

Uploaded By: Jodi Gray/KSU/Deaf Education Major