Transcript: Phil Hatlen
Listen to Phil Hatlen discuss the general education teacher’s role in delivering the Expanded Core Curriculum (time: 1:29).
The expanded core curriculum consists of educational topics or subjects that are unique to blind and visually impaired children because they do not have the opportunity to visually and causally observe behavior. Every one of the areas of expanded core curriculum have to do with the inability to observe and shape one’s behavior based on what they see visually.
I do not expect classroom teachers to deliver a lot of the expanded core curriculum. I think it requires the skill that teachers of visually impaired and mobility instructors have. But I would like classroom teachers to be aware of the fact that blind and visually impaired students have additional curricular needs that go beyond what the classroom teacher delivers in the regular classroom, and that time must be set aside to do that, and that they could very well end up being reinforcers of what’s taught by the specialist teacher. For example, in the area of social skills, it would seem to me that the classroom teacher could be a very appropriate person to support positive social-interaction skills and to set up social-interaction opportunities between the blind child and sighted child.