What is a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments?
Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) have one of the best jobs in the world!
Any child with a visual impairment or who is blind has a TVI to help them succeed. In Alaska school districts, TVI's teach children from 3 years old to high school graduation; students of all ages, and with all abilities. There are two main objectives of a TVI:
Adapt the Standard Academic Core Curriculum.
The Standard Core Curriculum (Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Math, Science, P.E, etc.) may need to be adapted to help students with visual impairments succeed in class. This may include changes in the classroom environment and changes in the curriculum- enlarged print, braille, etc.
Teach the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC).
(See the page on Expanded Core Curriculum)
The ECC is the body of knowledge and skills that are needed by students with visual impairments due to their unique visual needs. Students with visual impairments need to learn the areas within the Epanded Core Curriculum (braille, technology, etc.) in addition to the core academic curriculum of general education. The nine areas of the ECC (see Expanded Core Curriculum Page) are used as a framework for assessing students, planning individual goals, and providing instruction.
Last Modified on March 18, 2013
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