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Using Tactile Symbols to Edit Braille Documents

Editing symbols
Editing our own writing and the writing of others is an important task that all students must learn to do during their school career.  Students must learn the steps of the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Participating in each of these steps helps students become better writers.


Foam stickers

  • Stickers from Hobby Lobby or Michaels Craft Store 


My first grade student thas been editing his work with an adult assisting him. They mark the areas that need to be corrected and then someone reads to him the corrected version to braille. This is ending today, as he will do his own editing from now on.  I have introduced tactile foam stickers (available from craft stores) to indicate what type of error he has made and to cue him that it needs to be corrected.
For right now, he will focus on spacing, capitals, punctuation, and spelling as he edits. These areas are what he and I decided together to work on! He also decided to put words that could have been contracted under "spelling". The key to his editing process is as follows:
  • Spacing - square
  • Capitals - star
  • Punctuation - triangle
  • Spelling - heart (also to include when a word could be contracted)
Symbols on editing chart
The card has print and braille on the right side to help him remember what shape he wanted for which purpose.  This is also helpful to anyone who is working with him. The classroom teacher will also be able to edit his documents and not wait for me to come in and assist her. 
Here is an example of a document marked with the symbols, so that the student can edit it independently.
Student's work with editing symbols
Common Core and Braille Standards


W.2.5  With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.

Pinterest collage of editing symbols



Text coding is always

Posted by Fawn

Great idea!

Posted by Hillary

Yes! Thanks!

Posted by Hillary @ Senso...

Posted on June 15, 2016
Updated on: February 7, 2018

Previous comments for Using Tactile Symbols to Edit Braille Documents

Hillary @ Senso... commented on November 29, 2016

Yes makes total sense! Madilyn always comprehends so much more when she's included too!

Liz Eagan commented on November 26, 2016


There was no specific reason for choosing the shapes for the correction identifiers. I let the student choose what they wanted to use for the different correction identifiers. I thought if the student helped create the system, they might be more willing to use it AND learn it faster. Make sense?

Hillary commented on November 20, 2016

Thanks for sharing this tactile editing idea, Liz! I've been searching for the best wat to adapt Braille sentences/ passages for proofreading. I'm going to use the foam stickers (which I already have!) and was wondering if there were specific reasons you picked the shapes for certain correction identifiers? I.e. Did you pick the triangle to be punctuation for a particular reason?

Liz Eagan commented on June 22, 2016

First let me apologize. I should have referenced this post on indicator dots: I use the plastic bendable folders you can buy for a dollar or less. I then trim them down to a size I like. I put the stickers on them after peeling off the backs. This way the student can access the cards easily and are more efficient in their work. These stickers come off easily and can be repositioned on the paper. If they make an error, they can fix it. I like this as the push pin method that I was taught wound up with stabbed little fingers or they could tell where something was answered before...rendering the sheet unusable for review use. The dots will fall off if not treated well. For instance, shoving the page in a bag to check later.  Does this answer your questions?

Fawn commented on June 22, 2016

Text coding is always challenging for Braille students especially in high school. My question is this: What did you put the stickers on? Did you peel the backing off each on and stick them to a sticky card of some sort? Will they then be able stick to his/her work without falling off? Thank Uou!