Please read the following line once and don't look at it again
mahtsy ckosstene fodsopenfy
We will refer to it in ASL as "mcf" for the rest of this post
It is the term used to describe the process of making toasters from tofu.
I realized an area that my son has a problem is math in a mainstream class. So the topic that holds me tonight is English working side by side with ASL. My son has had direct instruction in sign language for his entire life for the most part until this year. Now he is head fist into a hearing environment.
He has always been way above grade level in math. This was a problem at the deaf school because the other kids in class were below for the most part. He could have gotten much further there if he was challenged at his level. In his new mainstream school he was placed in an advanced class. I was so excited for him. Then I noticed he wasn't doing homework. He complained the teacher talked really fast and he needed to take notes. If he did he couldn't see the interpreter so within the first ten minutes he was lost.
I set up a meeting and we got him a note taker. I thought the problem was solved but still he wasn't learning and he hated the notes.
Sometimes when he is stuck he goes to the teachers office without the interpreter and in minutes he has it all figured out and flies through the work. Something just doesn't match up.
Then it all became clear. One night he was staring at his homework. It was a sheet of paper full of equations. Across the top was " Find the least common denominator". He pointed to that an asked what it means. I was shocked he had been sitting in class hours before and he didn't have a clue what was taught.
So here is the problem from my point of view. English is the teachers second language. The interpreter has to remix her lesson into English then ASL. Sometimes she is hard to understand and speaks very fast. Hayden got confused and just gave up. The other problem is when the teacher introduces a new concept the interpreter finger spells first then gives it a sign." Least common denominator" becomes LCD. My son sees the fingrspelling but only sees the shape of the phrase and remembers maybe the first part of the spelling. He is not taking notes so he has no idea later that LCD is the work he needs to do because he doesn't recognize the written English term. So the math terms are like learning a new language. He is not taking notes so he doesn't internalize the information or practice the concepts. The notes have very little English language and are just the equations so useless.
So to solve the problem the teacher slowed down. She has 1 page lessons she gives to him before class so he already can see the equations and written English. The notes are clear and can be read in minutes. He needs to understand the print version before he sees the ASL. So far great!
So please spell "mcf" from memory please