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Expanded Core Curriculum Strategies for Visual Impairments - Chapter Summary
Our instructors have crafted this chapter to present some of the major strategies used today for educating visually impaired students, with specific focus on using the expanded core curriculum. While this chapter covers a significant amount of information, a few of the topics addressed include:
- The role of curriculum adjustment in education
- Connections between skills training and the expanded core curriculum
- Using activities and devices to improve sensory skills development
- Community interactions and general mobility for the visually impaired
- The impact of daily living skills at home and in the classroom
- Vocational skills, job-readiness, and career exploration for the visually impaired
These teaching resources have been designed for professionals and pre-professionals of all skill levels. For those with less experience working with visually impaired students, we recommend starting with the first lesson and going through each lesson in order. Those who possess more knowledge concerning how to work with students who have visual impairments may consider using the chapter menu to navigate to the specific topics you wish to study more closely.
How It Helps
- Increases awareness: You'll get to review multiple strategies for how to approach teaching visually impaired students, making you more aware of the needs of your students and how to address those needs in the classroom.
- Builds student skills: By finding alternative ways to teach students with visual impairments, you can find approaches that work for them, which can ultimately help them improve their skills and feel more confident about their academic careers.
- Provides additional resources: Our materials can be accessed 24/7 on practically any Internet-ready device, so no matter when or where you do your lesson planning, you can always get to the resources that you need.
By the completion of this chapter, you will be ready to:
- Describe the goals and purpose of expanded core curriculum
- Understand the functional and compensatory skills for visual impairments
- Identify techniques for instructing students about sensory efficiency skills
- Analyze student orientation and mobility skills training techniques
- Improve student independence in the classroom
- Implement study skills and organization lessons for visually impaired students
- Examine approaches to career counseling for students
- Explain the significance of health education for this student population
- Compare self-reflection and self-advocacy for learning disabled students
1. What is Expanded Core Curriculum? - Definition, Purpose & Goals
As a teacher who works with students who have visual impairments, you will probably be thinking about the expanded core curriculum. This lesson defines the curriculum as well as its purposes and goals.
2. Compensatory & Functional Skills for Visual Impairments
If you teach students with visual impairments, you might be thinking about what aspects of the curriculum you want to enhance for them. This lesson focuses on compensatory access and functional skills for these learners.
3. Teaching Sensory Efficiency Skills to Students with Visual Impairments
If you work with students who have visual impairments, you want them to learn to make as much use as they can out of the senses they have. This lesson focuses on sensory efficiency skills for students with visual impairments.
4. Teaching Orientation & Mobility Skills to Students with Visual Impairments
Teachers can help students with visual impairments become independent travelers by working on orientation and mobility skills in school. This lesson will explore different strategies to practice these skills in a fun and engaging way.
5. Fostering Independence for Students with Visual Impairments
This lesson examines the importance of fostering independence in students with visual impairments. Teachers will learn some strategies to help students with visual impairments become more self-sufficient in the classroom.
6. Teaching Organization & Study Skills to Students with Visual Impairments
If you teach students with visual impairments, one of your goals is to help them learn to manage their own education. This lesson discusses the importance of teaching organization and study skills to these learners.
7. Career Counseling for Students with Visual Impairments
As a teacher who works with students who have visual impairments, you are probably interested in helping them develop career readiness skills. This lesson discusses career counseling for students with visual impairments.
8. Health Education for Students with Visual Impairments
Teaching students with visual impairments about maintaining their personal health is an important part of allowing them to function independently. This lesson discusses health education in students with visual impairments.
9. Self-Advocacy & Self-Reflection for Students with Learning Disabilities
Helping students with learning disabilities become self-advocates and build on self-reflection skills is a critical step in their education. Teachers play an important role in these steps that will help students become independent learners.
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