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Guidelines for Teaching Writing to Braille Students

Boy writing on a Smart Brailler

Anna Swenson offers tips for teaching students who are blind or visually impaired to develop writing skills in this article:  Beyond Braillewriter Mechanics: Guidelines for Teaching Writing

  1.  Plan writing activities that are motivating to children and have a purpose.
  2.  Become familiar with the stages of children’s writing.
  3.  Understand that “effective writing instruction is a scaffolded collaboration between teachers and students”.
  4.  Let children see that you, too, are a writer.
  5.  Most important: Always respond first to the child’s written message, not the mechanics, sentence structure, or grammar.

These ideas are excerpted from the new book:  Beginning with Braille: Firsthand Experiences with a Balanced Approach to Literacy, Second Edition

Posted on December 3, 2015
Updated on: February 8, 2018