Providing Services as an Itinerant Teacher

The Itinerant Teacher should have the following in their "virtual office":

The following are Florida Course Code Directory Courses specific to specially designed instruction for students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. These courses can be repeated with content of higher complexity or with activities requiring more student independent performance over the years.

Student Activities

Gail Wright developed these game cards to use with students. Students draw a card from the pile and must answer each question. the topics begin conversations important to individuals with hearing loss.

Student Instruction:

Supporting the student's work in their educational setting.
Copy of Textbook, log in to the text website, or copies of other assignments/materials. The itinerant teacher may identify areas of difficulty based on the student's data. They may then pre-teach or provide other supports. The itinerant teacher may need to work with the interpreter and/or classroom teacher to inform them of new vocabulary (and signs in some cases), areas that require additional instructional supports.

Supplemental practice materials directly related to the classroom instruction in place of "busy work" activities. This is critical when there is a substitute teacher or at other times when the class may be doing work not related to the standards. The student with delays in meeting the standards needs additional time to practice new vocabulary, concepts, and processes.

Supplemental Instruction:
Materials Related to Hearing and Sight
  • Hearing aid kit including batteries, battery tester, earmold wipes, earmold cleaning supplies, spare tubes, scissors, hearing system checking supplies, stethoscope or "button" to check aids
  • Mini hearing aid check kits for classroom/school/clinic use including batteriees, battery tester, earmold stethosope or "button" to check aids
  • Auditory training screen (An embroidery hoop with mesh material. It's light and not too big.)
  • Different types of hearing aids (old ones) and pictures of hearing aid interiors
  • Pictures of the ear and inside the ear
  • Eye glass repair kit
  • List of Web sites that demonstrate examples of hearing and vision function, the parts of these sensory systems and other sensory related information

Supplemental Curriculum Materials
  • Books - idiom workbooks, writing workbooks, multiple meaning books,reading comprehension workbooks, short stories, and other materials to enhance student skills and copies of text books
  • Tests and evaluations to perform such as Brigance, OWLS, GATE, SKI*HI, Stanford, Kendall, and Expressive and Receptive One Word Picture Vocabulary
  • Practice materials for statewide evaluations such as the FCAT
  • Index cards for flash cards or games
  • Small dry-erase boards, dry-erase markers, dry-erase erasers
  • Stickers
  • Dictionaries: ASL Dictionary, Handshape Dictionary, Picture Dictionary, Multi-language Dictionary
  • Play money and other manipulatives
  • Calculator, ruler, protractor, and compass
  • Junior versions of games
  • Bingo boards
  • "Teacher Tools" software to create practice sheets related to student academic content
  • Clip Art software

Resource Books Related to Hearing Loss
  • The Art of Itinerant Teaching for Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by Mary Deane Smith
  • Deaf Culture: Our Way by Roy K. Holcomb, Samuel K. Holcomb, and Thomas K. Holcomb, DawnSign Press (1994)
  • Do You Hear Me? - Laughs for the Hard of Hearing by the Hard of Hearing by Maxwell Schneider
  • When Patrick Got Hearing Aids (Great to read to mainstream classes.)
  • Let's Learn About Deafness (Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center)
  • There's A Hearing Impaired Child in My Class (Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center)