I waited until today to post this, but actually it happened on Monday. I just was so mad, that I wasn’t sure how bad the entry would be.
On Monday, I was at one of my English classes. I decided to buy a dictaphone, as there is still no word of my equiptment. I asked the English teacher if I would be able to record the class, and he turned round and was like “This is a breech of the data protection act.” He asked the other students, and they were fine. I could understand if it was a debate or something, but a bog standard class? I felt like asking him if he had any other ideas of how I could take notes. There was no mention of it after that.
After class was finished, however, I decided to have a word with him about the coursework etc. Apparently, one of the pieces we will be doing is Mcbeth. He goes to me “You’ll need an audio tape of it.” I didn’t say anything, as I was already pissed. He also said that the spellchecker would have to be disabled if I was using my laptop for exams. Is this true? I wrote a piece about myself the other week, as he wanted it from everyone. I have to redo mine, because my grammar was too good, and he thinks that I was using the spellcheck. I’m not gonna deliberately spell something wrong just to please someone else!!!!
He seems to have misconceptions about blind people. I think he thinks that all we do is sit and listen to audio tapes. I’m perfectly capable of watching a DVD just like anyone else.
I was telling my mentor for Maths what happened, and he said that it would be worth considering getting a scribe for English to take notes. Do any of you use these? At the moment, other students have been taking notes for me, which isn’t that practical long term. Should I get a scribe? Will it not be a bit late to get one? Will it not be pointless getting one when the coursework starts in a couple weeks? Plus, is it not like they are doing the work if they’re taking notes while I sit on my bum?
What are your experiences of these?
Thanks for any help. Also, should the english teacher be like this? Or is it just me over reacting?
I went down today to the college to see if my laptop had come in yet for the Maths, and found out that a lot of people had dropped out of the GCSE English night class, so I got in!!!!!!!!!!!!! So tonight was the first class.
It was alright. We just went through the course and that. The only bad thing was, that there has been two different teachers in two different classrooms. That’s only in the space of two weeks!!!!!
I really hope this doesn’t happen again, as it’ll mess up the route that i’ve learned to get to this classroom.
I never thought i’d say this, but I think Maths is better. It seemed more enjoyable or something. If I had my way, I wouldn’t be doing the English any more, but I need to get my grade up.
I still haven’t got the laptop, but once the college get permission to load JAWS on to it, I should have it!!!!