TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC: An Activities Based Curriculum for Teaching Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
The TVI’s Guide to Teaching the ECC is a digital pdf available for download. It is designed specifically for fellow itinerant Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI’s), andconsists of over 400 activities and topic areas of discussionfor instructing students in the Expanded Core Curriculum. The activities are age-neutral and multi-sensory and therefore can meet the needs of the broad range of students served on an itinerant caseload serving. The activities can be individualized to the students various learning modalities and scaffold in order to challenge students but ensure success. Select those activities that align with the student’s learning objects based on the student’s unique visual needs and academic and developmental level.
The core activities listed in the Activity section can be adapted to each thematic unit. These include:
- Object Characteristic Activities
- Quantity & Number Concepts
- Time Concept Activities
- Environment & Job Awareness Activities
- Listening Skills Activities
- Reading Foundation Activities
- Reading Fluency Activities
- Braille Basics Activities
- Writing Activities
- Tactual Efficiency Activities
- Developing Skillful Hands Activities
- Visual Efficiency Activities
- Optical Device Instruction Activities
- Recipe Activities
In addition to the core activity areas, each of the 32 Thematic Units incorporates additional unique ECC concepts and skills providing you with a years’ worth of activities. These units are cyclical and can be used repeatedly to help students build on prior knowledge and develop a deeper understanding of concepts. Each unit includes suggestions for activity adaptation associated with the unit. These include lists of objects, possible community based experiences, environmental print, poems, children & young reader books, children's songs, pop culture songs, movies, and websites.
Unique Concepts within the Units include:
- Self Advocacy Activities (e.g. advocating for safe classroom, presenting to class on visual impairment, requesting help and more)
- Social Skills Activities (e.g. Being bullied or teased, giving and receiving compliments, body language, "I" messages when upset and more)
- Recreation & Leisure Activities (e.g. exploring interest areas, getting involved in clubs and sports, playing games, and more)
- O&M Support Activities (e.g. Suggestions for community based experiences, dog guide information, locations in the school, bioptics, ride sharing, traffic signs, and more)
- Independent Living Skill Activities (e.g. chores, being responsible, using tools, recipe suggestions, hygiene, staying healthy, labeling foods and products, and more)
- Sensory Efficiency Activities (e.g. unique sensory experiences related to the unit, unique optical device activities, and more)
- Compensatory Activities (e.g. organizing materials, study habits, and many unique concepts related to the unit)
- Career & Vocational Activities (e.g. job awareness, completing applications, job task suggestions, and more)
Although the intended audience of this resource is fellow Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, special education teachers may find these activities beneficial to the students in their classrooms as the activities are multisensory and include life skills and concepts needed by all students. This resource, however, is not intended to take the place of a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI). Readers are advised to consult their own TVI’s regarding instruction in the ECC and the unique visual needs of the student’s served in their programs.
Note: This curriculum is a digital pdf download. Once you make your purchase you will be directed to an order confirmation page where you will find the download link. This download will also be included on the receipt sent to the email address you provide. The pdf download can be found directly under the order number.
Digital pdf download: 346 pages (11 pt font)
Publisher: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
Author: Carmen Willings
Message from Carmen & a Look Inside...
This resource was developed for my own personal use and I am thrilled to be able to share it with you! As an itinerant TVI, my caseload includes students (PreK-12) with severe and profound disabilities, those following a modified curriculum, and students following the standard course of study. I love having all the activities I have used over the years in one location! When you purchase this product, understand you are purchasing a digital download. You may print a copy for your personal needs and/or save it in your iBooks on your phone or tablet for quick and easy reference when you are serving students on your caseload - one less heavy item to carry from school to school! I ask that you please respect the copyright and NOT distribute copies. Still have questions? You may contact me with any questions you may still have.
All the Best! ~ Carmen