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You can make them with a hole-punch from those sheets of adhesive foam available in craft stores. Learn more here: http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/resources/indicator-dots
Where does one get indicator dots. This seems superior to what I've been using.
My student gets 2 jelly beans or a stick of gum every time he found an error that I made (intentional or not) We saved the jelly beans in a jar, then had a class guessing contest. This year we moved on to caramels. He loves finding my mistakes
Linda, it depends on the student as to when to do intentional errors. I've done it with a beginning student when they are to scan a line of print looking for a specific braille symbol. I did this to slow her down. I left the symbol out of the line they were scanning. I was able to teach the student to rescan the line. Student's sometimes get hung up on making errors and resist producing braille. By my intentionally making errors, they see that errors happen and that's okay. Catch them and fix them if you can.
I do the intentional errors in braille symbols, words, formatting, the numbering...wherever I can fit them in and I try to make it relate to what we're doing in our lessons. I've been known to braille them a letter filled with errors. I have the students then read my letter. When they see the first error, I then give them the hint that there might be more. I pull out our editing indicator dots (different shapes of dots) and then they read and edit the letter. I model how to react when told my letter has errors and then I rebraille the letter correctly for them. We can then review the two letters. By doing this, it takes the stress off of them and enables them to open up and demonstrate what they know without fear of knowing they made errors. Make sense?
What a neat idea! I never thought of doing intentional errors. What a cool way to teach editing skills! Would you do this on other assignments or how would you go about doing intentional errors? And do you do braille symbol errors or just formatting?
There is a link to what indicator dots are in the second paragraph 1st sentence. Basically indicator dots are foam dots with a sticky back the size of a paper punch that can be used to mark answers. The nice thing is you can change your answer without damaging the braille symbol. The grid paper can be purchased from APH (American Printing House for the Blind): http://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_Embossed%20Graph%2.... Also check with your TVI, he\she may have some you can use.
What are indicator dots? I love this idea! Where can I get the grid paper?