Active Learning Space Newsletter, June 2017
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What to Do When Things Go Wrong in the
Dynamic Learning Circle

Patty Obrzut demonstrates how to use a position board.
Patty Obrzut demonstrates how to use a position board with learners who throw things.  If an item is attached to a piece of pegboard, the learner can throw it safely.

Sometimes learners can get stuck in a certain part of the Dynamic Learning Circle.  This can result in disruptive behaviors, (such as throwing), self-stimulation, (such as grinding teeth), or lack of interest in an object.  In a series of three short videos, Patty Obrzut shares tips on what to do when things go wrong.

Patty Obrzut holds up a small nylon bag filled with cornstarch that can be used with learners who grind their teeth.  This gives learners similar feedback without actually grinding their teeth.
A child sitting on a resonance board touches a seedpod rattle.  This may be a good option to try with those who don't respond to other objects.

Register Now for Active Learning Study Groups!

Once again we will host a series of 5 webinars for the Active Learning Study Group. This series of webinars will focus on a variety of topics, such as setting up a classroom and schedule, choosing materials, addressing the student with CVI, using Active Learning with older students and information on research related to Active Learning. Various guest speakers will be a part of this year’s presentations.

We're pleased to announce the dates for the 2017-2018 school year: All webinars will be held at the following times:
  • 4:00-5:00 -- Eastern
  • 3:00-4:00 -- Central
  • 2:00-3:00 -- Mountain
  • 1:00-2:00 -- Pacific
All webinars are FREE, but you must register in advance. Please be sure to register for EACH ONE separately.
Register Now for Active Learning Study Groups!

Using an Active Learning Approach with O & M

At the Deafblind Symposium in Austin this spring, Dr. Joe Gibson shared ideas for using Map Sticks and Journey Sticks with individuals who are deafblind.  These tools can be used to support learners with significant multiple disabilities to develop Orientation and Mobility skills, as well as literacy and cognitive concepts.
Map stick
A man holds up a journey stick

Upcoming Events - Summer 2017

Active Learning Approach to Orientation and Mobility Instruction

Presented by Kate Hurst
Location:  Pittsburgh, PA at the AER International Orientation & Mobility Conference & Meeting 2017
July 19, 2017 -- 3:30-4:30 p.m.

This session will provide information on how Active Learning can be used in O&M instruction and also about Active Learning Space, a resource for learning more about Active Learning.

For registration and more information, visit:


Tips & Tools: Active Learning Training

July 20-21, 2017

Presented by Patty Obrzut

Location: Baraboo Civic Center, 124 2nd St. Room #12, Baraboo, WI 53913

For more information please contact:  Wisconsin Deafblind Technical Assistance Project & Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Jennifer Hudson-Stanek - (608) 356-2023 
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