[nobe-l] Anchor charts, graphic organizers and next steps

Ashley Bramlett bookwormahb at earthlink.net
Tue Mar 13 22:15:06 UTC 2018


While not an official educator, I do help kids academicaly either reading 
with or to them or tutoring them in summers.
I've also wondered these things. You can creat some worksheets in Microsoft 
Word with columns. I've created a KWL chart this way; that's a chart to see 
what they know and have learned; kwl means what I know, want to know, and 
what is learned.

You can also create some graphics in powerpoint. But, to create such charts 
together with the kids sounds kind of hard.
Graphics I've created are for them to learn info but I have made them in 
advance and print them.
If you are required to create them together with the class, I'm not sure.

If I were a teacher, I'd probably use some other method to teach and still 
be visual.
For instance, I might have students write on the chalk board or whiteboard 
in columns.
I might be creative and cut out words or sentences in advance and have small 
groups put them together by gluing them on paper based on what I'm teaching. 
For instance, put nouns, verbs, and adverbs in categories to complete a 
grammar exercise.
I might also use felt boards to teach story, alphabet or number concepts.
Felt boards were used in my regular ed classrooms to teach story and 
literacy concepts.

I really, really think its too bad when professors of future teachers say 
you have to use one way to teach. I tried some ed classes and got this 
attitude from a few professors.
I changed majors for that and other reasons.

It must be discouraging Valerie to be under this pressure and feel you need 
to teach a certain way just to please those around you.
In your own classroom, as long as the kids learn and you meet curriculum 
goals I see no reason why you cannot teach how you want to and that is 
meaningful to you as a blind teacher. I feel that professors and staff 
supervisors want it their way only as you student teach. What I am saying Ii 
s you have less control, less flexibility to use inclusive teaching methods, 
and you have to fit into an existing setup in the class. You are given 
someone's class and told to teach. That is far different than walking into a 
new class at the beginning of the year where you are the teacher and you 
have control of the schedule and teaching methods where you can use 
alternative techniques to teach.

If I think of ideas, I'll post them.


-----Original Message----- 
From: Valerie Gibson via NOBE-L
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2018 10:32 PM
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Cc: Valerie Gibson
Subject: [nobe-l] Anchor charts, graphic organizers and next steps


I have another quick question that I wonder, and my professors wonder the 
  Anchor charts and graphic organizers are quite popular nowadays in general 
ed classrooms it seems.  How do you design and fill those out with students 
while teaching a mini lesson?  I assume they must be made ahed of time, but 
from what I’ve seen of graphic organizers in tactile graphics, they’re 
pretty spacial. How do you know where to put information in them? The same 
question applies to charts?
  My elementary school teacher that I’m working with says that often times, 
she makes them ahead of time. She doesn’t think it crucial that the basic 
framework be made with the kids, but my field supervisor insists that when 
you’re working with kids, they should be made with the class.
  On a more positive note, I do have a couple professors who are willing to 
expect reasonable accommodations to be made in my field courses, but they’re 
unclear as to what would be considered a reasonable accommodation.  For 
example, do the same accommodations that they would make for me as a student 
apply for me to expect from the districts?
They insist I try to get in touch with someone who’s worked with sighted 
kids, preferably ones in elementary school to see if I can’t get information 
for how best they can help me.  I’m sure they’d also like to talk to any 
blind educator who’s working with sighted kids, eventually, but they want me 
to reach out first.  For some of my professors, I don’t think the issue is 
that they’re unwilling to make accommodations fo rme. They just want  to 
know what is a reasonable accommodation to some of the things they’re asking 
me to do, and more importantly, will that carry over into the job aspect.
  I start student teaching next semester. Right now, I’m doing a sort of 
intern semester.  So if anyone’s free to contact me so I can pick your 
brains, please contact me off list.
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