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Common Strategies for Classroom Teachers

  1. It's ok to say "look" and "see"
  2. Make sure you are describing what you're doing or what you want students to look at, not just gesture
  3. Be aware of visual needs when making classroom seating locations
  4. Many students are light sensitive, avoid them facing the windows when creating seating locations
  5. Allow students to move around the room as necessary to see materials better
  6. Provide a desk copy of distance reference material so students can more easily see it at their seat
  7. Give yourself (and the Vision Specialist if necessary) extra time to have materials produced in large print or Braille as needed
  8. Expect the Visually Impaired student to perform the same tasks as the other students, unless otherwise directed in the student's educational plan
  9. Avoid making large furniture changes and encourage students to keep pathways clear so you student can navigate the room safely
  10. Address students by name, so the student who is visually impaired knows who is being called on
  11. Treat the student with the same rules as all others in the classroom, including late work policies and other discipline and classroom procedure
  12. Make sure you're consulting with the teacher of the visually impaired on your student's unique needs

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