Future Reflections Winter 1993, Vol. 12 No. 1




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List your degrees, the institutions from which they were received, and your major area or areas of study.


How long and in what programs have you taught blind children?


In what setting do you teach?
     Itinerant program
     Residential school classroom
     Special education classroom
     Other, Please explain

How many students do you teach regularly this year?

What subjects do you teach?

How many of your students read and write primarily using:
     large print
     closed circuit television
     recorded materials
     small print

Please complete this application and attach your letter of nomination; one additional recommendation, written by someone who knows your work and philosophy of teaching; and a personal letter discussing your beliefs and approach to teaching blind students. You may wish to include such topics as the following:

     * What are your views on the importance to your students of Braille, large print, and magnification devices, and what issues do you consider when making recommendations about learning media for your students?

     * When do you recommend that your students begin the following: reading Braille, writing with a slate and stylus, using a Braille writer, learning to travel independently with a white cane?

     * How should one determine which children should learn cane travel and which should not?

     * When should typing be introduced and when should a child be expected to hand in typed assignments?

Send all material by May 1, 1993, to Sharon Maneki, Chairman,
Teacher Award Committee, 9736 Basket Ring Road, Columbia,
Maryland 21045; telephone: (410) 992-9608.

by Sharon Maneki

Editor's Note: Sharon Maneki is President of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland. She also chairs the committee to select the Distinguished Educator of Blind Children for 1993.

     The National Federation of the Blind will recognize an outstanding teacher of blind children at our 1993 convention July 3 to July 9, in Dallas, Texas. The winner of this award will receive an expense-paid trip to the convention, a check for $500, an appropriate plaque at the banquet, and an opportunity to make a presentation about the education of blind children to the National Federation of the Blind Parents of Blind Children Division early in the convention.

     Anyone who is currently teaching or counseling blind children or administering a program for blind children is eligible to receive this award. It is not necessary to be a member of the National Federation of the Blind to apply. However, the winner must attend the National Convention. Teachers may be nominated by colleagues, supervisors, or friends. The letter of nomination should explain why the teacher is being recommended for this award.

     The education of blind children is one of our most important concerns. Attendance at a National Federation of the Blind convention will enrich a teacher's experience by affording the opportunity to meet other teachers who work with blind children, to meet parents, and to meet blind adults who have had experiences in a variety of educational programs. Help us recognize a distinguished teacher by distributing this form and encouraging teachers to submit their credentials. We are pleased to offer this award and look forward to applications from many well-qualified educators.