Teaching history with 1 blind student - ideas/advice?

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  1. Rockguykev

    Rockguykev Connoisseur

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    This upcoming year I will have a blind students in one of my world history classes. This is particularly challenging since I've spent the last nine years making my class as visual as possible due to my high percentage of EL students. My lessons are all heavily visual on both the input and output side of things.

    I'm not particularly concerned about the input since the student is very quick on the pick up when listening and will have most materials available in Braille. It is the output I'm stumbling on. I could very easily just assign her to answer the questions in the book for each section but there's no way I'm ok with that.

    I'm looking for some generic writing tasks that could apply to multiple topics in history, so far I have:

    Diary entries, personal letters, top 10 lists, and dialogues. If anyone has any other ideas (and especially experience with such a situation) any help would be most appreciated.
     
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    Talk to last year's teacher. And, if possible, to the student herself.

    You're new to havign a blind student, but the student isn't new to it at all. I bet that, over the years, she's developed lots of strategies for coping with assignments like the ones you give.
     
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    Do you have experience with RAFTs? I love these as writing prompts and you can vary them as much as needed.
     
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    I have spoken to the teacher and the student. The one area where there is no coping is when the output needs to be a drawing or visual representation other than words.

    I'll look into RAFTs, this is the first I've heard of it. Thanks!
     
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    What if she does audio? A montage of sound clips, instead of video?
     
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    I love RAFTS. Not everyone includes the S, but I do for "Strong Verb". Just a note. :)

    Depending on the student's experiences, he or she may still be able to create things such as models and such.
     
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    Questions like this make me wonder whatever happened to blindteacher...
     
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    - How about creating touchable scenes from important historical happenings, like f.i. using toy soldiers, and other tactile props?

    - Puppet shows of famous dialogues? If the puppets consist of different material, he/she should easily be able to distinguish them.

    - Use dramatic play? for student participation

    - I know that here, you can get curriculum on CDs.. Each student book can be bought like a CD as well.. Worth checking out?

    - Can you get a hold of one of those globes where you can actually feel where the mountians are etc. Could be good for "internal visualisation" of where things took place.
     
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    Could she put together an "album" related to your topic? Explain how the songs relate? Podcast? Just as a break from the writing.
     
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    My first thought was RAFTS.
     
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    A Wordle might be great as well, especially for times that you are looking for something drawn.
     

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