Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE-Q 65.4 Fall 2020

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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VIDBE-Q Volume 65 Issue 4 Christina von Reyn, TSVI christina.vonreyn@esdb.dpi.nc.gov "Mistakes are expected, inspected, and respected" is listed as part of my class norms and proudly displayed in both large print and braille in my classroom. On the first day of school, students are shocked at hearing that phrase and ask with looks of horror, "You really want us to make a mistake? We are not supposed to make errors in school." My response is concise and attached with a bright smile: "yes, mistakes = life." Perhaps the actual equation is quite a bit more complex, but our methodology, mindset, and expectations as teachers of students who are visually impaired directly correlate to the success of our students. I will explore how I interweave the expanded core curriculum (ECC) to transfer beyond the classroom in both experience and practice to have students take the lead in their learning. As a math teacher at a school for the blind, I have celebrated many mistakes while also experiencing enormous growth for my students who are visually Integrating the Expanded Core Curriculum with STEM Learning

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