Color Blindness Color Blindness in the Classroom

Published on December 21st, 2012 | by Color Blindness Editor


Helping Color Blind Children in the Classroom

Color blind children face significant daily challenges at home and in the classroom. When working with color blind children in the classroom, teachers must find ways to accommodate these children’s special needs. Fortunately, there are several simple things teachers can do to ensure color blind kids receive the same high quality education their classmates do. If you are a teacher with a color blind student, you may want to try some of these tips.

  • Label art supplies. You can make art projects easier by labeling individual crayons, markers, colored pencils, and paints with the color they are.
  • Teach kids what color common things are. Although color blind kids cannot distinguish between colors, knowing what colors common things are may help them develop a frame of reference for colors. You may want to teach young children that bananas are yellow, the sky is blue, and grass is green. This will also aid kids when they color pictures as they will know that they should use the crayon labeled “green” to color grass.
  • If you choose to color code things in the classroom, label them with the color they are. For instance, if you want kids to put blocks in a red box and arts and crafts supplies in a blue box, label the red box “red” and the blue box “blue,” so that color blind children can distinguish between them.
  • Xerox workbook and textbook pages that have colored ink on them. Xeroxing workbook and textbook pages in black and white will provide better contrast for color blind children.
  • Use white chalk when you write on the chalkboard instead of colored chalk. White chalk on a green chalkboard provides the best contrast.
  • If you are working with older color blind students, make your PowerPoint presentations black and white as well.
  • Have your class work in pairs or small groups for color-dependent activities, such as sorting objects by color, counting the number of different colored items, or deciphering graphs or pie charts.
  • Educate your class on color blindness. There are tests you can use to help students understand how a color blind kid sees differently than those with normal color vision. Educating your students about color blindness may reduce the likelihood of color blind children being picked on or bullied.

As a teacher, it is your job to accommodate children’s different educational needs. You can make learning easier for color blind students by utilizing these tips.

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