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Braille Literacy Curriculum presents strategies for incorporating braille into the total curriculum. The book is an outcomes based curriculum, which emphasizes learning media assessments and supplies an extensive list of practical resources. It has been tested in the classroom by experienced braille teachers and reviewed by independent readers. It has been used successfully with students who are blind, students who have low vision, and students who have multiple impairments. The book provides lots of new ideas for experienced teachers as well as practical tips and techniques for new teachers. Braille Literacy Curriculum is attractively bound in a sturdy and easy-to-use ring binder with space for teachers to add their own notes and student information. Braille Literacy Curriculum by Diane P. Wormsley speaks directly to teachers. It is the product of a collaborative effort, which began when the teachers at Overbrook School for the Blind said they wanted a curriculum that would address the challenges faced by all of their students. The collaboration continued through the writing and editing phases, as Overbrook teachers used the curriculum in their classrooms and other braille experts reviewed the manuscript and shared their suggestions with the author. The book is a primary resource for meeting the braille requirements set forth in reauthorization of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and has a philosophical grounding in the National Agenda for the Education of Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, Including Those with Multiple Disabilities. Mostly, however, it is a curriculum of resources, references, and tips and techniques for making braille come alive for the student.
Wormsley (program director, Professional Preparation Program in Education of Children with Visual and Multiple Disabilities, Pennsylvania College of Optometry) describes an approach to braille reading and writing instruction based on students' individual interests, needs, and goals. She offers general guidelines for a functional approach to braille literacy, then offers case studies of how the program can be modified for at-risk learners. The approach works with children and adults learning braille for the first time. B&w photos of instructional materials are included. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Historical perspectives on literacy for blind people; changing views on teaching, reading and writing; approaches and strategies for reading and writing Braille literacy.
I-M-ABLE, or the Individualized Meaning-Centered Approach to Braille Literacy Education, is an innovative, individualized, student-centered method for teaching braille and making it exciting for children who have difficulties learning braille. In this teaching approach, instruction is centered on continuously analyzing the strengths and needs of students, placing particular emphasis on engaging them using key vocabulary words and phrases based on their experiences and interests. This comprehensive practice guide provides detailed direction on how to implement the components of the approach. Teachers will find this resource invaluable for helping students with mild to moderate cognitive impairments or other difficulties make progress in braille reading and writing, and all the skills that it encompasses.
Offers instructors specific, practical strategies for the teaching of Braille reading and writing. Chapters discuss general guidelines and strategies; fostering emergent learning; making the transition from print to Brail teaching Braille to students with special needs, and to students who speak English as a second langua assessing the literary skills of students who are blind or visually impaired; and technology and Braille. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR
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