Future Reflections Spring 1992, Vol. 11 No. 2

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Literature Review

 ITINERANT TEACHING: TRICKS OF THE TRADE
FOR TEACHERS OF BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED STUDENTS

                   Written by Jean E. Olmstead
        Copyright 1991 American Foundation for the Blind
                  Review by Doris M. Willoughby

The well-chosen subtitle describes the scope of this helpful book. There are a wealth of hints and practical suggestions for efficiency and time saving for the itinerant teacher.

Little is said directly about the contents or methods of actual instruction; but that is not the purpose of this book. Efficiency and organization help maximize opportunity for appropriate methods and content.

The following are some of the topics covered:

The suggestions are practical. They are especially relevant to itinerant work, and are valuable to both new and experienced teachers. A positive philosophy is demonstrated in regard to various placement options, and promoting genuine integration of blind and visually impaired students. Resource lists at the end of the book are helpful and include listings for the National Federation of the Blind and for our Handbook for Itinerant and Resource Teachers of Blind and Visually Impaired Students. I would have preferred to see more hints and examples relating to Braille and Orientation and Mobility, however, these topics are mentioned enough to show that they are indeed part of the program.

Frequent samples of specialized humor contribute a great deal. For example, in one illustration a teacher and student, working with a Braillewriter, are crowded in by piles of boxes, old desks, and trash barrels. This shows--as the caption wryly observes-- "Less-than-ideal working conditions."

Itinerant Teaching: Tricks of the Trade for Teachers of Blind and Visually Impaired Students is available for $18.95 plus S&H of $3.50 from: American Foundation for the Blind, 15 West 16th Street, New York, New York 10011.

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