Itinerant Teacher Case Study

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‘THE RELUCTANT COLLABORATOR’ CASE REFLECTIONS An itinerant teacher of visually impaired students has a crucial role to play in the lives of those students. Itinerant programs allow for visually impaired students to be a member of a regular class. This affords them the benefit of having extensive participation in regular classroom activities with the use of suitably adapted materials and special equipment and techniques. Itinerant teachers are, unfortunately, often frequently seen as encroaching on the regular classroom teacher’s space. Since the itinerant teacher will be instructing the student in the regular classroom, it is therefore imperative that a good working relationship, centered on mutual respect, be maintained with the regular teacher. Understanding the host teacher’s modus operandi would make fitting into their schedule easier and reduce any potential territorial hostility. Due to the short time that an itinerant teacher is typically present for, it is also important that all classroom processes be streamlined to maximize benefits to the host teacher and student. As Pete’s general education teacher, Ms. Cunningham had the primary responsibility for educating the entire class in the core curriculum. However, as the case study…show more content…
Firstly, her expectations of a smooth transition based on a previous positive encounter with another teacher at the school was less than ideal. This situation can be rectified going forward by making the roles and responsibilities of each teacher very clear. Even to the extent of having a pamphlet prepared to orient the regular teacher. Additionally, the implementation of peer tutoring could have been more successful if Louise were able to meet with the prospective student aide. This would have ensured that they understood the task they were being entrusted with and Pete would not have been taken advantage
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