Sunday, May 28, 2017

On-the Go-Learning Resource

Hi friends,
I want to share one of my fave resources for my educational teams. Check out On-the-Go Learning from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI).  They have archived webinars on a variety of topics including the Expanded Core Curriculum areas.  I took some screen shots so you can check out all of the different options.
You can also check it out here:

There two other things that I really like about these webinars: transcripts and chapters. Transcripts are common but they aren't always included in everything. I like to have them to handout to families or teachers (although watching the webinars are pretty rad, too!). I like that you can use transcripts for notes, too!  I also love that they list the chapters with the time so you can advance to different sections of the webinar. This is especially helpful if it is a 50 minute webinar. Some colleagues may lose interest so being able to tell them to advance to a designated time is really helpful. 
Bookmark this TSBVI site and share it with your educational teams!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Pairing Shapes with Everyday Concepts Using the APH Carousel of Textures

 This past school year I have loved seeing all the fun ideas from one of my talented colleagues, Keri. She has done an amazing job with creativity and instruction. Her classroom are lower elementary age students that although are awesome kids, have struggles with becoming learners. She has done a terrific job of pairing all kinds of core and Expanded Core concepts to everyday routines, concepts and experiences. I want to share two of her ideas that had a lot of impact on her students.
Keri, like all of our teachers, use the TSBVI Elementary Concepts Curriculum. She selected concepts that are most familiar to her students. One concept is their home. She used their home paired with squares and rectangles. This created some meaning with learning about shapes and lines. She used the APH Carousel of Textures to accomplish this. The Carousel of Textures has several different textured papers. 

The textured papers also allowed a secondary concept, texture discrimination, to also occur naturally. Keri worked with parents to find out if they lived in small homes or large homes. They went hands on with windows, doors, walls and tied them to shapes. They discussed big and small. Then after much simple instruction--chaining together concepts, they put together their homes. 
Look at the pictures and notice the use of lines, shapes and textures. These projects were simple enough that students could work with minimal support with making them but packed a big instructional punch. 

Now check out how another similar lesson teaches about shapes. This lesson used cars. The home lesson focused on squares and rectangles. The car lesson used the same concepts but also included circles. 

Here's my famous question: can you see how many areas of the Expanded Core are covered in these lessons? All of the areas of the ECC are covered in these lessons! Yep, these lessons involve all the areas from compensatory (concept development, organization, tactual readiness) to self-determination (self-awareness, making choices, self-instruction). These are great activities for the early childhood age students. 
You can purchase the APH Carousel of Textures from APH. Most of APH products can be purchased using quota funds. You can also check out activity ideas by using the TSBVI Elementary Concepts Curriculum.