[Blindmath] Need suggestions for High School Geometry

Pickrell, Rebecca M (IS) REBECCA.PICKRELL at ngc.com
Fri Mar 13 07:01:59 CDT 2009


My experience was the oppisite of Sarah's, my geometry teacher loved
having me in the class, I enjoyed her as a teacher, and yes, you go
fast, but you also don't have a bunch of other classes to handle. True,
I didn't have much of a vacation though it wasn't bad, and I'm glad I
did it. 
Sarah is right on with having the student and math teacher play nice
together and in allowing the student to be his/herr own and best
advocate.  

-----Original Message-----
From: blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org]
On Behalf Of sarah.jevnikar at utoronto.ca
Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 3:30 PM
To: blindmath at nfbnet.org
Subject: Re: [Blindmath] Need suggestions for High School Geometry

Hi there,
I found it was most helpful to have my math teachers on board - they
will be the best people to help your student with the subject matter but
will need your support in doing this. Tactile materials are great but
also alert the teacher that this student will be in their class.  
Perhaps encourage the student to do this part, as it will allow him to
practice self-advocacy, allow he and the teacher to get to know each
other a bit so accommodations can be discussed before the class begins,
and probably will impress the teacher that he has shown this initiative.
If he demonstrates seriousness in taking the course, he will be better
helped by his teachers. I took a math course in the summer but I found
it was more challenging. The material is covered more quickly because
there is only one month of study instead of four, and it is hard to
catch up once you've fallen behind. I also had trouble getting
assistance from the teacher, and because it wasn't during the regular
school year I had to pay privately for an educational assistant and
Braille transcriptionist. I got an A too, but it was hard. If your
student struggles in math this may not be the best option, as it is
harder to stay motivated in the summer for anyone, but especially not if
you don't enjoy the subject you're studying.
Sorry this is so long, but I hope it helps.
Sarah
I hope this helps.
Sarah



Quoting "Pickrell, Rebecca M (IS)" <REBECCA.PICKRELL at ngc.com>:

> If he's willing, have him take geometry in the summer.
> I did it this way, and it was great. It allowed me to move onto 
> algebra
> 2 as a sophomore. Also, taking geometry in the summer allowed that to 
> be my focus instead of having a bunch of other classes to focus on.
> I got an A if that matters.
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org 
> [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org]
> On Behalf Of Julian, Kate
> Sent: Monday, March 09, 2009 3:48 PM
> To: blindmath at nfbnet.org
> Subject: [Blindmath] Need suggestions for High School Geometry
>
> Hello group,
>
> I (a resource teacher) will be supporting a student in all of his 
> academic classes next year as a sophomore and I am most concerned 
> about geometry. Math is this student's relative weakness. What 
> suggestions can this collective group provide me? I have the book 
> ordered in Braille and have ordered as many tactile friendly objects 
> as I can find. Any and all help will be welcome.
>
> Thanks - Kate
>
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