[nobe-l] Anchor charts, graphic organizers and next steps
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
For instance, I might have students write on the chalk board or whiteboard
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
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
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.
From: Valerie Gibson via NOBE-L
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2018 10:32 PM
To: National Organization of Blind Educators Mailing List
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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