Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

But What about the Other Six Days in the Week?

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

But What about the Other Six Days in the Week?

Article excerpt

Many of us work in job roles where we teach people with visual impairments, either individually or in small groups. Instructional time is often limited. Perhaps you are an itinerant teacher who meets with a child for an hour twice a week to work on the use of low vision devices and technology or you are a rehabilitation instructor who spends a few hours once a month at the home of an adult who is losing vision. Often you leave a lesson thinking, "If I only had more time with my student!" One hour once a week is rarely enough to teach a skill to the level of mastery, and experienced teachers soon learn that they can be effective only if they find ways for their students to practice and learn regularly, even when there is no instructor available.

The two practice items in this issue provide examples about how to ensure that learning takes place beyond the instructional session. "Promoting Leisure-Time Physical Activity for Students with Visual Impairments using Generalization Tactics," by Justin Haegele, provides practical recommendations for generalizing physical skills to environments outside of physical education classes. His ideas, which are strongly grounded in conceptual literature, will help professionals encourage students to bridge the gap between formal instruction and leisure-time activities that students initiate themselves. Strategies such as monitoring one's own progress and keeping a journal can ensure long-term satisfaction that allows students to use their physical skills outside of the classroom and long after formal education is completed.

Similarly, Kendra Farrow's contribution, "Using a Group Approach to Motivate Adults to Learn Braille," conveys the importance of teaching braille in a context that will make it more likely for students to use braille in the future. …

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