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Setting Up Your Braille Classroom

Bulletin board in braille classroom
As it is the beginning of the year, it is a perfect opportunity to share what our students are doing when they are with us. Bulletin Board 2012 is exactly what it says. The bulletin board background is made out of old braille tests with images of students at different schools (faces and schools have been blacked out for their privacy) on top. The middle of the board shows some math work and pages from a book that was made for a student. The bottom of the board is interactive for students to look at the true false questions and get a "take away" sheet with a braille activity on it.
 
This year I was given my own braille room! The room walls were hideous as they were badly scarred and had children's scribbles/words all over. A parent volunteer (one of my student's moms) aided me in hanging the paper on the walls to hide the worst of it.
 
is a view of braille room looking in from the doorway View of braille room from doorway
 is the student's board. Here they were put up their hard work that they've done. I'm letting them choose which of their pages they want to display.
Here is the students' board. This is where they were put up their hard work that they've done. I'm letting them choose which of their pages they want to display.
 
is a view from the "tree" to the front of the room. The table in the corner has a bird house with a "tree limb" and vines for leaves on it. Once a week, my students will be looking under that table cloth to see what their surprise is for their hard work. This is a view from the "tree" to the front of the room. The table in the corner has a bird house with a "tree limb" and vines for leaves on it. Once a week, my students will be looking under that table cloth to see what their surprise is for their hard work.
is the tree itself with the words "Tree of Knowledge" with images of tools the students use on "leaves". This is not finished yet. In the lower area we will be putting words (again, student choice) under the tree. My more advanced student will braille the words "Tree of Knowledge" lower....Basically this will be like a word wall that they know is in their classrooms. This is the tree itself with the words "Tree of Knowledge" with images of tools the students use on "leaves". This is not finished yet. In the lower area we will be putting words (again, student choice) under the tree. My more advanced student will braille the words "Tree of Knowledge". Basically this will be like a word wall that they know is in their classrooms.
 
On the filing cabinet (which was also hideous with scarring and rust), I put up brown butcher paper. The sign "Be Curious" (also labeled in braille) is hung. Under it will be a mirror. One of my students I get right after lunch and the student's face has a bit of lunch on it. Since the student has some vision, the student will work on cleaning her face before we start the braille lesson. I will have wipes available so she doesn't have to go across the hall to the bathroom....yet. That will be later in the year!
 
Collage of setting up your braille classroom
 
 

 

 
 

Comments

Yay!

Posted by Linda Brown

Re: Yay!

Posted by Liz Eagan Satter

Fabulous!

Posted by gwyn52

Posted on September 15, 2014
Updated on: February 7, 2018

Previous comments for Setting Up Your Braille Classroom

gwyn52 commented on September 22, 2014

Hi Liz

This looks so creative and interesting, I really love what you have done to ensure a creative environment accessible to your students thank you for sharing this with us

Gwyn @Positive Eye

Liz Eagan Satter commented on September 16, 2014

The surprises will be student specific. For instance, I know my second grader loves dolls, working with food, looking at herself in the mirror, etc. While my Kindergartener likes bugs (cringes) and cars. So their "surprise" will be waiting for them on Friday. My 2nd grader will have a food activity awaiting her while my Kindergartener will have 2 matchbox cars awaiting him.

They are not getting off easy either. Besides being able to play or interact with the items, they will be doing other things as well. My 2nd grader will need to braille a list of words that describes what she has and the Kindergartener will have to compare the 2 items and tell me the differences in the two....and so on and so on. I'm turning the 'reward' into an ECC lesson. Make sense?

Linda Brown commented on September 15, 2014

First off, YAY!!! YOU"RE BACK! I love your ideas!!!

Secondly, what a cool idea! I love that your room that you work with students is interactive! How wonderful as so often the classrooms the students are placed in are not at all accessible. I like that you have the students helping you put up their work\words. I wonder what the "surprise" will be...will you share with us?