Linh has a through understanding of the vision reports of the students she teaches and other students on the team. Before Linh commenced teaching the students on practicum, she discussed the reports with me at length to ensure she was adjusting the lessons to the student’s specific vision needs.
Prior to working with GB who has additional disabilities, Linh accessed records from the previous ISTV so she had a comprehensive knowledge of what level GB was at so she could tailor her lesson to his level and area of need, thus enabling him to achieve success.
Linh set very specific learning goals when working with both the students. The lesson with the year one student was based on his individual ability as he is quite good with technology, and the lesson was designed to be engaging ensuring he did not get bored. The lesson delivered to GB catered to his ability and characteristics such as the student having a poor working memory, therefore repetitive questioning was necessary and effective in achieving his goal.
The goals set challenged the students and also allowed the students to achieve success. Success was always achieved by the conclusion of the lesson.
Linh’s lessons engaged the students and supported them in various areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum. The ECC area of technology was an important area and students were able to achieve success as they improved their skills using vision specific equipment. Technology such as the Onyx HD and the laptop were used. The students were able to explore various platforms such as Google Classroom, Google Docs and Word which are of vital importance to the students and their ability to access the curriculum electronically.
Social skills were addressed throughout the lessons as Linh reinforced the importance of maintaining eye contact when talking to others.
The skills such as time management and organisational skills, as well as decision making skills, were developed as they were required to complete tasks Linh set in a timely manner. This included the student being able to find his equipment to use under the Onyx HD.
Linh effectively implemented teaching strategies and environmental adjustments to maximise the use of the student’s functional vision. She did so in numerous ways. She ensured GB’s font size on his laptop met his vision needs, and that he was using his laptop which had large print stickers on it. Linh prompted GB to magnify the text at various times when he needed it to be larger as he was squinting slightly whilst looking at the computer screen.
She encouraged him to lift the sheet to his eyes to avoid eye strain instead of attempting to read the large print sheet some distance from his eyes. The student was also provided with a dark pencil and a dark lined book prior to the lesson starting.
Linh showed a high level of competency in classroom management as she discussed with JA why he should not go ahead of her instructions and perform various functions on the Onyx HD when she had not asked him to.
Linh had knowledge of what prior skills GB had and revised them and then built on them by teaching him the next sequential skill to extend his technology skills.
I have observed Linh talking to the class teacher to monitor the progress of the student and advising her on how to implement the technology skills she taught when she was not at the school giving ISTV support.
Also during Covid I observed Linh having several discussions with the class teacher about ordering the necessary large print materials so GB could access the class curriculum while he was at home.
Linh developed a strong rapport with both students when she was teaching them. She did so by giving them plenty of positive reinforcement throughout the lesson, and also giving them clear simple instructions so they could follow them and achieve success. During my time working with Linh I have observed her being polite and courteous to parents/carers and school staff. I have heard her collaborating with teachers about the student so they can achieve common goals for the student. In conversations with her colleagues, she readily offers up assistance when they are airing a concern or are looking for a solution to a problem. Linh is an amazing team player offering up her time, resources and point of view to assist her fellow ISTV’s. I have heard her partaking in a conversation with a teacher about a student with multiple needs, and she showed sensitivity, care and respect.
I have read reports and programs she has written about students that I currently support and I have found them to be detailed, informative and professional.
Linh ensured the safe use of the student’s technology by ensuring the student was using his Onyx HD in a safe manner. She did this by reminding him to move the camera gently and not to touch the lens of the camera. Linh identified and implemented reasonable adjustments to the curriculum when JA was writing under the Onyx HD. She made the adjustment to the curriculum by writing the word bank words from the board on a whiteboard in black texta so JA could access them to help him with his writing. This enabled him to complete the activity on the same basis as his peers.
Linh displayed an excellent knowledge of Google Classroom and Google Docs. Linh used the technology JA already had so he was familiar with it, and he could also extend his knowledge and skills on his Onyx further.
When working with GB Linh used his laptop which he was comfortable with as it has large print stickers on the keyboard so he could easily see it, and therefore avoid visual fatigue.
Linh fostered JA’s independence whilst using his Onyx HD by ensuring he was responsible for turning it on and adjusting it to the required magnification.
Linh used the laptop with GB as his peers use laptops, and he will be accessing the high school curriculum using a laptop so this technology is the most effective form of technology for him to use and master.
Linh provided both students with a clear explanation of what goals she had for them for the lesson.
Linh gave them specific feedback as the lessons progressed such as verbal feedback to JA about where he should move his book to under the Onyx to allow the best viewing position of the text.
Linh gave both the students positive reinforcement so they knew they had successfully completed the task.
Linh effectively interpreted the student's vision and school reports so she knew how to make the necessary adjustments and ensure the lessons catered to the student’s specific needs. She modified her lesson to accommodate the learning needs of GB who needs work to be simplified and instructions to be easy to follow etc.
Linh worked collaboratively with other staff to increase awareness of the student’s needs. This was evident when she was talking to the SLSO who implements a specific speech program with GB as she discussed the vision adjustments he would need for the program she was intending on implementing.
Linh always speaks in a polite, friendly and professional manner when she is working in a school. This allows her to develop strong relationships with school staff which allows for a collaborative approach when working with her students.
I have observed Linh explaining her students vision needs to an SLSO who works with him. She clearly explained the adjustments he needs and what is currently in place and was willing to answer the questions they asked about these adjustments. She spoke in a professional and friendly way and showed an in depth knowledge of the student and his individual adjustments.
Do you consider that the Student is at risk of failing to achieve “Graduate level” by the end of their overall Practicum experience? No
Linh has done an amazing job throughout her practicum. She has demonstrated a in depth knowledge of the students, their necessary adjustments, and the role of an ISTV Linh is very professional and works extremely well as a member of a team supporting vision impaired student. She has a warm disposition which enables her to form a strong rapport with her students as well as the school staff she interacts with. Linh is very organised and efficient. Linh has a willingness to help others and share her knowledge and experience with others. She has a passion for the job and a strong desire to learn by engaging in conversations with her colleagues. She has been a pleasure to supervise and is an asset to any vision team she joins.