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Cynthia Trickel
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Tue May 26, 2015 14:53
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Recently I have been promoted to Director of EC Programs and Student Support Services for the NC Dept. of Public Safety, Division of Juvenile Justice. I am a veteran teacher with 29 years experience in both special education and general education. I have worked with students indirectly through assisting teachers to develop strategies for their classrooms, however, I have only had one student with autism that I was their teacher. I am hoping that this class with give me more information about teaching reading to students with autism so that I can in turn assist my teachers should we have an adjudicated youth with autism.

  • Module #1: Introductions - koppenhaverd, Wed May 13 13:25
    Tell us a little about your experiences as a teacher and with individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Read and respond to the introductions of others. Get to know one another here and in... more
    • Introductions - Ali Carr, Thu May 28 06:54
      Hi, my name is Ali Carr. I am a recent graduate with a degree in Special Education in the 4+1 program to obtain my Master's in Special Education. I have worked with students with ASD through my... more
      • Introductions - carsleymm, Sat May 30 12:10
        It's nice to see another special educator in the mix!
      • Re: Introductions - Stacy Huffman, Sat May 30 12:08
        Hi Ali, I too am currently obtaining my Master's in SPED. I look forward to collaborating with you this semester! I love that you babysit children with ASD. This will bring a new perspective!
      • reply to Ali Carr - rognstadgr, Fri May 29 12:49
        Hi Ali, Where did you do your student teaching? Hardin Park has two great autism classrooms. I will be doing my student teaching next year and I would love to hear more about your experience!
      • reply to ali carr - Anonymous, Thu May 28 10:24
        That is so interesting that you have your degree in special education and have worked with those children before. I am sure you have a lot of experience and will bring a lot to this class! Look... more
        • reply to ali carr - hillaryyarbrough , Thu May 28 10:52
          The above response was from me. I forgot to sign in before i replied. Loved hearing about your experiences Ali!
      • Reply to Ali Carr - Angie Helton, Thu May 28 08:31
        Hi Ali, I am excited to hear more about the ASD students you have worked with during your internships. I haven't had the opportunity to work with ASD students and am excited to learn how to help... more
    • Hunter's Introduction - Hunter Hastings, Wed May 27 22:14
      Hi! I'm Hunter Hastings. I am a Senior at App, studying Special Education with a concentration in Adapted Curriculum. I have worked with students back when I was in high school. Working with these... more
      • Adapted Curriculum - carsleymm, Sat May 30 12:12
        Hi Hunter. I majored in adapted curriculum, too and really enjoy working in that setting. I took the Praxis II for general curriculum, too. It was worth it to have a broader license :-).
      • Reply to Hunter Hastings - hillaryyarbrough , Thu May 28 10:55
        That sounds like so much fun to be working there this summer. I'm sure it will be a great learning experience. I can't wait to hear more about your experiences working with children on the autism... more
      • Re: Hunter's Introduction - Karley Ingold, Wed May 27 23:28
        Hey Hunter, I am also unaware of what a respite care center. I wonder if you could offer some insight as to what you will be doing there over the summer? It seems at if you will be getting some hands ... more
      • Reply - K. Madison Broome, Wed May 27 23:10
        Hey Hunter! I'm sure your experience this summer will be so beneficial and insightful! What a great opportunity!
      • Hey Hunter! - Allison Power, Wed May 27 22:33
        I'm going to be very honest, I have no idea what a respite care center is! So I'd love to hear a little about what it is and what you do there. I bet you have some good stories to tell about your... more
        • Answers! - Hunter Hastings, Wed May 27 23:40
          Yeah sorry about that! Respite care essentially provides parents that have children with disabilities with a break. So essentially I will be working with children that have disabilities in a day... more
          • Hunter - Allison Powers, Thu May 28 09:25
            That's awesome! I'm sure the parents appreciate it more than they can even express to you guys. It also sounds like it would be a ton of fun!
    • Maggie's Introduction - Maggie Horne, Wed May 27 20:52
      Hello everyone! My name is Maggie Horne and I am a senior Special Education major, General Curriculum. I began working with students with disabilities when I was in high school and specifically... more
      • Hi Maggie - Britt Hatcher, Wed May 27 23:09
        It is so good to hear that others are excited as well about learning ways to better teach our future students and give them the best education!
      • Hey Maggie! - Hunter Hastings, Wed May 27 22:24
        Hey Maggie! I totally relate to you. I have some experience, but I am looking forward to learning more about students with Autism and how to teach them best. I want to go in to teaching with the... more
      • Hi Maggie! - Nicholas Flippen, Wed May 27 21:34
        Hey Maggie! Your experience with students that have ASD will be a great asset to you in the future. Like you, I have not had the opportunity to work on literacy with students that have ASD. I'm... more
    • Brittany's Introduction - Brittany Vallas, Wed May 27 20:01
      Hi, my name is Brittany Vallas and I am a senior studying Special Education Adapted Curriculum. Last semester I was placed in an internship in a self-contained classroom. Two of the students in that... more
      • reply to Brittany Vallas - rognstadgr, Fri May 29 12:53
        The end is near! I am also a senior studying Special Education Adapted Curriculum. I am one semester behind you, I will be graduating in December 2016. I have also known I wanted to do special... more
      • Re: Brittany's Introduction - Angie Helton, Thu May 28 08:58
        Hi Brittany, How exciting to be almost finished with school! I'm so happy for you. It must have been interesting to have worked in the self-contained classroom for your internship. Working with... more
      • Introductions - Ali Carr, Thu May 28 06:58
        Hi Brittany! It sounds like your Internship taught you a lot. It is amazing how hands on learning can teach you so much! Moving on toward your career is something to be so excited about. From my own... more
      • Hi Brittany! - Nicholas Flippen, Wed May 27 21:37
        Hello Brittany! I too worked with students that have ASD in my Practicum 1 placement. I was also in a self contained classroom and had the opportunity to work with these students on functional... more
    • Allison's Introduction - Allison Powers, Wed May 27 18:08
      Hi everybody! My name is Allison Powers and I am a Special Ed, Adapted Curriculum major. I've worked with kids in every internship that I have had who have been on a wide variety of places on the... more
      • reply to allison powers - hillaryyarbrough, Thu May 28 10:47
        It's so interesting hearing about your experience working with children on the autism spectrum. I'm sure you have so many interesting stories and examples related to this class. I look forward to... more
      • Reply - K. Madison Broome, Wed May 27 23:13
        Hey Allison! It sounds like your experience in Block 1 was unforgettable! You gained a lot of insight into how individualized each student is and how they all need something that fits them. So true!
      • Re: Allison's Introduction - Navila Castro, Wed May 27 19:30
        Nice to hear from you Allison, are you interested in working at the elementary age amen you graduate? I would like to know if you already joined a study group
        • Navila - Allison Powers, Wed May 27 22:15
          Hi Navila! I always thought I wanted to work with middle schoolers, but I really loved my practicum placement and I had a lot of first graders on that class that were a blast! I guess it will depend... more
    • Sara's Introduction - Sara Pappas, Wed May 27 16:46
      My name is Sara Pappas. I am currently a recent graduate from Appalachian State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education- Adapted Curriculum. I am now pursing a Master's through the 4+1 ... more
      • reply - rognstadgr, Fri May 29 12:59
        That is so cool you interned with TEACCH! I always thought that would be a great place you work. Did you like your experience there? I would love to hear more about it!
        • TEACCH - Sara Pappas, Mon Jun 1 14:10
          TEACCH was an awesome experience and I would recommend anyone who lives in the area of one of their locations to intern or work if possible. The hands-on interaction I got with parents, teachers and... more
      • Reply to Sara Pappas - hillaryyarbrough , Thu May 28 10:58
        That's very interesting that you've had the experience of working in self-contained classrooms. I'm sure you learned a lot from those experiences. I haven't learned anything about self-contained... more
      • Re: Sara's Introduction - Karley Ingold, Wed May 27 23:37
        Hello Sara, I am very interested in learning what this TEACCH program is and what the acronym means. It seems as if you have found your calling and are really starting to get experience and hands on... more
        • Re: Sara's Introduction - Sara Pappas, Mon Jun 1 14:34
          Het Karley! I would love to tell you about TEACCH. It stands for Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children but I think they aren't using that as much of a... more
      • What is that - Britt Hatcher, Wed May 27 23:14
        Hi Sarah! I have seen many post about the Adapted Curriculum, what is that? You already have some great experiences with people who have special needs already.
      • Tell us about your future plans - Brooke Hardin, Wed May 27 23:04
        Sara, it sounds like you have had a fairly good amount of experience with ASD. Based on your experiences, do you have a preference for what kind of school in which you work? Do you prefer elementary, ... more
      • Hi Sara! - Allison Powers, Wed May 27 22:26
        Hi Sara! Im curious about the TEACCH clinic you worked at. I think I've heard of that before but I don't really know what it is. Can you tell me a little about it?
      • Sara's Introduction - Maggie Horne, Wed May 27 20:57
        Hey Sara! So glad you are taking this class. I admire how much you love your students and how passionate you are about the special education field. I can not wait to hear your input in our future... more
      • Hey Sara - Navila Castro, Wed May 27 19:59
        Hello Sara, what would you say are the differences between working with the different age groups in special ed. I am a senior and would like to work with elementary age students when I graduate but... more
      • Sara reply - hinesjd, Wed May 27 18:46
        Hi! Your years of experience with ASD is awesomne. I look forward to hearing what you have to say this month!
    • Kelsey Triplett - triplettke, Wed May 27 16:03
      Hi! I am a senior majoring in special education in the adapted curriculum. I chose to take this course in order to better understand reading instruction for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. ... more
      • reply - rognstadgr, Fri May 29 12:56
        Seems like your experience will bring a lot to this course. I look forward to learning from you this semester!
      • Reply to: Kelsey Triplett - Angie Helton, Thu May 28 09:12
        Hi Kelsey, In the articles this week it talks about how students with ASD would see the word 'dove' in a sentence and if they know that a 'dove' is a white bird, when they seen the word 'dove' in a... more
      • response to Kelsey - Navila Castro, Wed May 27 19:46
        Hi Kelsey! hope to hear more from your experiences. Are you wanting to learn about helping children with ASD in elementary school?
      • Reply to Kelsey T. - Rebecca McVey, Wed May 27 16:41
        Hey Kelsey! I am also on the adapted curriculum. I am really looking forward to getting some information on what instruction would work best for our individuals who are on the lower functioning side... more
      • Re: Kelsey Triplett - Nicole Cornacchio, Wed May 27 16:11
        Hello Kelsey, I have no experience working with students who have ASD and I notice you have some experience. I am finishing up my Masters in Reading Education. Do you have a group yet? If not would... more
    • Re: Module #1: Introductions - Megan Rembert, Wed May 27 15:56
      Hi there! I'm Megan and I am a recent alum of App State. I am taking this course to receive an autism certificate with my 4+1 reading degree from grad school. I have teacher experience in 5th, 3rd,... more
      • 4+1 - Amanda Wallace, Thu May 28 10:56
        Hi Megan, i am also taking this course to receive my autism certificate with my 4+1 reading degree. It sounds like you have range of experiences in different grades. I have interned in Kindergarten... more
      • Re: Module #1: Introductions - Karley Ingold, Wed May 27 22:42
        Hey Megan, I think its great that you have been able to work with a wide variety of grades. I just had my first real internship in first grand and absolutely loved it. I've also worked with upper... more
      • Lower elementary grades - tatem1, Wed May 27 22:16
        Hey Megan, I also have an interest in teaching lower elementary grades and have no experience with students diagnosed with autism. You made some great points about how important it is for teachers in ... more
      • Hello Megan! - Nicholas Flippen, Wed May 27 21:40
        Your experience as a teacher is going to be very valuable in this course! I too believe that students with ASD have interests that can be honed in on to enhance literacy instruction. I have had... more
    • Hello - Navila Castro, Wed May 27 15:02
      Hello, My name is Navila Castro, I was a TA for the special education department in an elementary school for 2 years. I had some encounters with students with autism at a preschool age and wish to... more
      • reply - rognstadgr, Fri May 29 13:03
        Hi Navila! We have had a few classes together I think! I really want to teach abroad and would love to learn more about becoming certified as an ESL teacher. Is you major Special Education? Would... more
      • Bilingual students - tatem1, Wed May 27 23:09
        Hey Navila, It's wonderful that you want to help bilingual special ed students. I can relate. I'm an elementary ed major and have a special interest in helping Spanish speaking students. Although I... more
      • Reply - K. Madison Broome, Wed May 27 22:58
        Hey Navila! Your interest in helping bilingual special education students is so interesting to me! That is something I have always thought I would love to do. I bet that being a TA really gives you... more
      • Excited to learn from you - luckadooso, Wed May 27 17:46
        Hi Navila, your experience sounds so valuable. I bet it was fun working with students in an elementary school classroom, and your interest in bilingual special education is incredible. I did an... more
      • Reply to Navila from Haley - brigmanhd, Wed May 27 15:21
        Hi, Navila! That is awesome, my concentration for undergraduate was Spanish. It's awesome to have the ability to cater to bilingual students. I hope to become fluent in another language one day to... more
        • reply to Haley - Navila Castro, Wed May 27 19:49
          Thanks! My concentration is also spanish and my minor is special ed. I am finding that bilingual students fall to a disadvantage in special education and I woild like to help in that aspect.
    • Hello - Glory Rognstad, Wed May 27 13:45
      Hello everyone! My name is Glory Rognstad. After high school I quickly realized I was not ready to go to college, this realization lead to Ethiopia, where I was offered a job as a literature teacher... more
      • Ethiopia - Amanda Wallace, Thu May 28 10:51
        Glory, I would love to hear more about all the experiences you had while in Ethiopia. It sounds like you have a unique perspective and I'm looking forward to working with you this semester.
      • Hi Glory! - Hunter Hastings, Wed May 27 22:19
        Glory, that is such a cool experience! I know that you dealt with an extreme situation, but I know that will prepare you for dealing with school systems and administration in the future. I am afraid... more
      • Glory's Introduction - Maggie Horne, Wed May 27 21:02
        Glory, how awesome it is that you were able to teach in another country! I spent some time in Nicaragua working in a school there and I too was appalled by how students with disabilities were... more
      • Hi Glory! - Lauren Livingston, Wed May 27 18:57
        Wow! What an amazing testament and story to explain to other people, "Why we do what we do?". I would love to hear more about your experience in Ethiopia. I am sure it would open my eyes to how... more
        • Agree with Lauren - Navila Castro, Wed May 27 20:02
          I agree with you Lauren, special education in other parts of the world seems bleak and I look forward to learning from Glory ways to advocate for students.
      • Glory reply - hinesjd, Wed May 27 18:54
        I have always wanted to go to another country and teach! Your story sounds incredible. I can't wait to learn from you this month.
      • Re: Hello - parsonkl, Wed May 27 18:06
        Hi Glory, that is really awesome that you had a job as a literature teacher in Ethiopia! I would love to travel to another Country one day and teach. I think it would be cool to see how different... more
      • Reply - Britt Hatcher, Wed May 27 14:43
        Hi!!! Your trip sounds amazing!!! I too have been to Africa and have seen the schools there, and you are so very right about the lack of resources. I was on a mission trip at the time and we were not ... more
      • Ethiopa - brawleyeo, Wed May 27 14:05
        What an amazing experience to be able to travel and teach in a foreign country! It's sad to hear about their lack of resources but it sounds like Nahem was lucky to have you in his corner!
    • Molly Smith Introduction - Molly Smith, Wed May 27 13:15
      Hi everyone!! My name is Molly Smith and I am a senior Elementary Education major at ASU. I am currently enrolled in the 4+1 Reading Education program, and am so excited that I can get my autism... more
      • reply - rognstadgr, Fri May 29 13:06
        Molly I think that it is great that you are learning as much as possible about students with ASD. As a general education teacher you will be ahead of the game at IEP meeting and in the classroom!
      • Re: Molly Smith Introduction - Anonymous, Thu May 28 11:05
        Hi Molly, I am also a senior studying Elementary Education at ASU. I am part or the distance education program though. I just finished block II and am getting ready to start student teaching. I hope... more
      • Reply to Molly - Navila Castro, Wed May 27 19:55
        Helo Molly, it's awesome that you have had some great personal experience with individuals with ASD, I hope you can teach us about your experiences.
      • Hi Molly! - Allison Powers, Wed May 27 18:16
        Hi Molly! First, I think it's awesome that you are pursing this as an elementary education major. I'm sure it will really benefit you in your career! I'm sure that you already know this from spending ... more
      • Re: Molly Smith Introduction - parsonkl, Wed May 27 18:10
        Hi Molly, I am a senior in the Elementary Education program as well. I have not had much experience with teaching students with autism either. I think it is great you joined our study group since we... more
      • Hi Molly - Britt Hatcher, Wed May 27 14:50
        Hi Molly! It is so great to see that there are so many students in this course that are in the 4+1 program! It is also nice to have people who are one semester ahead of me, I may reach out for... more
      • so much personal experience - koppenhaverd, Wed May 27 13:27
        I'm envious of your early start in experiences with and understanding of ASD. I was upper elementary/middle school at your age and didn't know autism from a carton of milk. Hope you'll bring in your... more
    • intro number 2, woops - macdonaldke, Wed May 27 12:20
      Hello all, my name is Kelly MacDonald and I'm going to be a senior at App next year, although I am currently in the 4+1 program for Reading Education. I am an Elementary Education major and have just ... more
      • Re: intro number 2, woops - parsonkl, Wed May 27 19:39
        Hi Kelly, I will also be a senior at App this fall and am in the 4+1 program. I personally have never worked with children with autism in a classroom, but have worked with EC children. Good luck... more
      • Re: intro number 2, woops - hinesjd, Wed May 27 18:43
        Good luck with the EOGs. I like that many of us are in the same boat with our ASD knowledge. I look forward to learning with you.
      • Intro number 2 response - Glory Rognstad, Wed May 27 13:54
        I am happy to see that someone in Elementary Education taking this course. One flaw that I have seen in our education system is the lack of over all knowledge among general education teachers about... more
      • EOGs and ASD - koppenhaverd, Wed May 27 13:16
        I'll be interested in hearing about your experiences with the EOG. Kids with ASD who I have worked with have not been good at "performance on demand." That is, doing what they're told and showing... more
    • Megan's Introduction - whitemb2, Wed May 27 10:34
      Hi!! My name is Megan and I currently live in Mooresville, but am planning on moving to Boone this fall so that I can participate in this 4 + 1 program. I am a senior at ASU and I am currently... more
      • Megan Reply - hinesjd, Wed May 27 18:41
        Hi Megan. I am excited to learn with you this month. I live in Statesville so I have spent a fair amount of time in Mooresville. I am happy to hear you are volunteering and loving it.
      • Re: Megan's Introduction - parsonkl, Wed May 27 18:15
        Hello Megan! I have volunteered in a classroom with EC students before, as well as worked with EC children at my daycare job. I absolutely love my EC kids as well. I definitely had a passion for... more
      • Lack of Experience with ASD students - Jordan Seagraves, Wed May 27 11:20
        Like you I have not had the experience to work with a student who is autistic. I am looking forward to this class in hopes that we will learn about how to teach and interact with students who are... more
        • reply to Jordan - Navila Castro, Wed May 27 20:04
          Glad to hear that there are still some of us who have not had the opportunity to work closely with these students,but are looking forward to learning strategies to be prepared when we do.
        • affirmation of affirmations - koppenhaverd, Wed May 27 13:13
          Jordan, I appreciate your consistent positive comments in response to folks' entries and the connections you make with your own background and experiences. Keep building that community!
    • Intro- Reading Ed. 4+1 program - K. Madison Broome, Wed May 27 10:13
      Hi everyone! My name is Madison. I am from Hickory, NC and am a senior at ASU. I am majoring in Special Education. I am also a part of the 4+1 program for Reading Education. I chose special education ... more
      • Re: Intro- Reading Ed. 4+1 program - Sara Pappas, Mon Jun 1 14:39
        Madison! I'm so excited to have this class with you to learn about you and your passion. I love your reasoning behind becoming a special education teacher because it is similar to mine. My sister had ... more
      • Hi Madison - Britt Hatcher, Wed May 27 14:55
        HI!!! I love that you discovered your passion of teaching through your brother! It takes a very special person to work with those who have disabilities. How old is your brother? IT sounds like you... more
      • your brother - koppenhaverd, Wed May 27 13:20
        What's the nature of your brother's disability and how's he doing with learning to read? I'm perpetually fascinated by these kids. For the past 11 years we've conducted a literacy camp in MN for kids ... more
      • yay horses - macdonaldke, Wed May 27 12:22
        I think that's so cool that you work with therapeutic horses and the boy with ASD. I agree that consistency is important, not just for students with ASD but for every student to show that you care.
      • Hey Madison! - whitemb2, Wed May 27 10:51
        Hey Madison! I have to say you are very brave for majoring in Special Education. I love children, however I won't lie, my patience can only go so far, and I don't believe I have enough for Special Ed ... more
    • Hi everyone! My name is Dana Cox and I am going to be a senior this fall at Appalachian State. I am an Elementary Education major with the hopes of teaching Kindergarten through second grade. I am... more
      • Re: Elementary Education with little ASD Experience - Karley Ingold, Wed May 27 23:40
        Hey Dana, We seem to have very similar experience levels and common interests. I would also like to work with lower elementary students and hope to gain knowledge on how to teach individuals with... more
      • Dana - Introduction - Chelsea King, Wed May 27 21:55
        Hello Dana! My roommate my Junior Year at ASU was an Elementary Education Major and had very little experience as wel, but she realized she would have these types of students in her classroom and was ... more
      • Hello Dana - Nicholas Flippen, Wed May 27 21:44
        Your experience with students that have ASD will be very valuable to you as a future teacher. As an elementary school teacher you will have students in your class with ASD. Having background... more
    • Module #1 - Carson Lamb, Tue May 26 23:06
      Hey everyone! My name is Carson Lamb and I will be a senior at Appalachian in the Fall. I am a Special Education major and, at the moment, wanting to teach high school. I only have experience at the... more
      • Personal experience - Cynthia Trickel, Thu May 28 08:02
        Carson, It sounds as though your personal experience will give you a great edge in the field as your will be looking at the students through the lenses of someone who knows what bringing quality... more
      • Reply - K. Madison Broome, Wed May 27 12:56
        Hey Carson! That is so cool to hear about your cousin! My younger brother has a disability and that really got me into special ed too! He sounds like such a sweet kid who has made such a great impact ... more
    • Elementary Ed, little experience with autism - Kelly MacDonald, Tue May 26 22:55
      Hello all, my name is Kelly MacDonald and I'm going to be a senior at App next year, although I am currently in the 4+1 program for Reading Education. I am an Elementary Education major and have just ... more
      • Excited to work with you again! - luckadooso, Wed May 27 17:21
        Hi Kelly! I am excited for the chance to be in a class, and a group, together again! It was great to learn together in our last music class, and now we can continue to learn from one another's... more
      • Reply to Kelly M. - Rebecca McVey, Wed May 27 16:15
        It's great to hear that so many Elementary Education students are in this course! I would love to hear about the student that you taught in first grade with the Autism. Also, I'm sure that throughout ... more
      • Little Experience - brawleyeo, Wed May 27 14:19
        Hi Kelly! I also don't have much experience working with individuals with autism, so I'm really looking forward to this course. Enjoy your senior year! It goes by too fast!
    • Introduction - Karley Ingold, Tue May 26 21:25
      Hello! My name is Karley and I am currently still an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. I am a part of the Reading Education 4+1 program and am very interested in how... more
      • Tell us more about your friend - Brooke Hardin, Wed May 27 23:11
        Karley, it's great that you have some personal experience with ASD and a context in which to apply the strategies and issues we discuss in the course. Can you tell us more about your high school... more
        • High School Friend - Karley Ingold, Wed May 27 23:47
          Well while he was very smart he did sometimes struggle in class with understanding directions and would ask a lot of questions sometimes because he would become unfocused and not pay attention. My... more
      • Hey Karley! - Nicholas Flippen, Wed May 27 17:34
        Hello Karley! I think it's awesome that you have had the experience to work beside your mother who is a SLP. These are the type of related service people that we will need to form effective... more
      • Elementary Education too - luckadooso, Wed May 27 17:28
        Hi Karley, I am excited to work with you this summer through both this class and the gym. I am going to be in block I in the fall, as I am a semester behind, but I would love any tips and tricks of... more
      • Reply - K. Madison Broome, Wed May 27 10:16
        Hey Karley! I am doing the Reading Education 4+1 program too! I am also really excited to see how students with ASD develop reading skills!
    • Intro - Marcela Tate, Tue May 26 20:54
      Hey! My name is Marcela and I will be graduating App with a BA in Elementary Education in the fall of 2016. I am also in the 4+1 program. I am very excited about this class. I want to be prepared and ... more
      • Reply - K. Madison Broome, Wed May 27 23:01
        Hey Marcela! I bet meeting your uncle in Honduras was quite the experience! It is very interesting that many people do not get diagnosed with a disability for their entire life!
        • not being diagnosed - tatem1, Wed May 27 23:25
          It was amazing! I agree it is interesting. I imagine it is more common in poorer countries like Honduras, than in the US.
      • Marcela - Intro - Chelsea King, Wed May 27 21:59
        Hi Marcela! While you have not any direct experience in working with students who have Autism, I find the experience you do have very fascinating! I always love to hear about experiences where people ... more
        • experience - tatem1, Wed May 27 23:30
          Thank you. You seem to have a valuable perspective and vast experience with individuals with autism.I look forward to learning from you and your experiences as well.
      • lots of teaching experience - koppenhaverd, Wed May 27 13:22
        You have a lot of teaching experience for someone who hasn't even graduated! Good for you. As our discussions continue about folks with ASD, bring your uncle into the conversation. Compare and... more
        • experience/uncle - tatem1, Wed May 27 22:03
          Thank you. My experiences in classrooms so far have been more so observing than teaching. I hope that next semester when I'm in block 1, I gain more confidence and start applying what I have learned... more
    • Hello - Sarah Baier, Tue May 26 20:33
      Hello everyone, my name is Sarah and I am a elementary education major student through the Caldwell campus. I haven't actually taught any students yet, but I cannot wait to do so. So needless to say, ... more
      • Re: Hello - Megan Rembert, Wed May 27 16:04
        I think that's great that you know someone our age with ASD so that you can see and learn from him how he learned best in school. We know it is different for everyone but having someone close to you... more
      • Re: Hello - Anonymous, Tue May 26 22:16
        Hey Sarah, I agree that patience is a virtue and something an effective teacher has to be good at.
    • Introductions - Erica Phelps, Tue May 26 19:35
      Hi! My name is Erica Phelps and I will be student teaching the first grade in Caldwell county in the fall. I am a 4+1 student and this is my first class working towards my Masters degree in Reading... more
      • Tell us more about the camp! - Brooke Hardin, Wed May 27 23:00
        Erica, working at the camp in July sounds like a wonderful opportunity. Can you tell us a little more about what you'll be doing specifically and what the goal is for children attending the camp?
      • Erica reply - hinesjd, Wed May 27 18:48
        I hope your student teaching and summer camp are amazing! I look forward to hearing from you and learning with you this month.
      • Summer Camp - McKenzi Davis, Tue May 26 19:44
        Erica, your summer camp opportunity sounds awesome! I am a huge lover of nature myself and I think its a great way to get people to discover things about themselves. I'm really looking forward to... more
    • Introduction - mckenzimdavis, Tue May 26 19:32
      Hey all! I'm an elementary education major that is taking part in the 4+1 program to receive my masters as a reading specialist. I'll begin student teaching in Watauga in the fall and am really... more
      • Re: Introduction - K. Madison Broome, Wed May 27 23:04
        It is really interesting how certain people can spark an interest in us! Just like your professor did for you! I bet you are so excited for student teaching! That will be a great experience! Good... more
        • Re: Introduction - McKenzi Davis, Thu May 28 09:42
          I am so very excited for student teaching, Ive really only had experience in younger grades so fourth grade will be a new experience for me!
      • Reply - Erica Phelps, Tue May 26 19:47
        Hi McKenzi! I am also taking part in the 4+1 Reading Education Masters program. I think that reading education is extremely important to all students and I can't wait to learn how to teach this... more
        • Re: Reply - McKenzi Davis, Thu May 28 09:40
          I agree, I am so excited to learn how to teach this necessary life skill to students that struggle because of ASD!
    • Kaitlin Parson Introduction - parsonkl, Tue May 26 17:49
      Hello Everyone! My name is Kaitlin Parson, and I am a part of the 4+1 program. I am currently still working on my bachelors degree, so I am not actually a teacher yet. I do work for a after school... more
      • Which 4+1 Program? - coxdm, Wed May 27 10:29
        Hey Kaitlin! I am also a part of the 4+1 program. Iím getting my masters in reading education. What are you getting your masters in? I think this is going to be a great opportunity. What after school ... more
        • Re: Which 4+1 Program? - parsonkl, Wed May 27 20:16
          I am getting my masters in reading education as well! I work for Caldwell County Schools WrapAround program at a school called Kings Creek. It is a small K-8th grade school.I believe we may possibly... more
    • Introduction- McVey - Rebecca McVey, Tue May 26 16:38
      I have had many experiences both in and out of traditional classroom settings as a teacher. I have completed internships required for the undergraduate degree in special education up to practicum 1,... more
      • great base of experience - koppenhaverd, Wed May 27 13:29
        Rebecca, you have such a nice range of experiences. I hope you'll help your study group and the rest of us compare and contrast the folks we study in here with your existing experiences. Are you a... more
    • Hello - Nicole Cornacchio, Tue May 26 15:47
      My name is Nicole Cornacchio and I am completing my Masters in Reading Education this summer through ASU. I am finishing up my 3rd year as a kindergarten teacher at Balls Creek Elementary School in... more
      • Special skills - Cynthia Trickel, Thu May 28 07:52
        Nicole, I have had many years of teaching experience with all grade levels, however my only experience with kindergarten was as a special ed resource teacher. I found that it takes someone with... more
      • reply to Nicole - Kelly MacDonald, Tue May 26 22:58
        That is so cool that you are teaching while taking this class and you get to apply your direct experience to what we are going to learn. It is also helpful that you know how to help struggling... more
    • Liz Brawley - Introduction - brawleyeo, Tue May 26 14:57
      Hi everyone!! My name Liz Brawley and I am a graduate speech-language pathology student. I'm taking this course to fulfill an elective requirement and I'm really looking forward to it! I have no real ... more
      • Hello Liz - Cynthia Trickel, Thu May 28 07:42
        After reading your introduction I am looking forward to your interpretation of the needs of students with autism. Having the background in diagnostics and communication will bring a great perspective ... more
      • Liz - Introduction - Chelsea King, Wed May 27 22:04
        Hi Liz! It's very interesting the experience that you have with assessing children! I have a lot of teaching experience under my belt, but not as much experience with assessing children and being... more
      • glad you could join us - koppenhaverd, Wed May 27 13:35
        Liz, I'm glad everything worked out for you to join the class. ASHA places great importance on SLP's responsibilities for written language. Hope you find the course useful and recommend it to your... more
    • Hello - Cynthia Trickel, Tue May 26 14:53
      • Cynthia reply - hinesjd, Wed May 27 18:50
        I am very excited to learn from your this month. Your experienced ideas and thought will be a wonderful contribution to the course that I will be very eagerly awaiting to hear!
    • Haley Brigman-Introduction - brigmanhd, Tue May 26 13:51
      Hello! My name is Haley Brigman. I graduated from Appalachian earlier this month with a degree in Elementary Education and I am apart of the 4 + 1 Reading Education program. During high school, I... more
      • The student - McKenzi Davis, Tue May 26 19:48
        Haley, I have also worked with students that are highly functional. The one student that I worked with and knew for sure was autistic was brilliant and functioned regularly but had major... more
      • Re: Introduction - Chelsea King, Tue May 26 14:13
        Haley, I find your experiences to be interesting, because I have a cousin that has a high functioning form of Autism who has socially awkward behaviors and tendencies, but is very intelligent. He... more
    • Sonya Summey Introduction - summeysl, Tue May 26 13:45
      Hello! My name is Sonya Summey and I am a senior Special Education major. I am in the accelerated admission 4+1 program getting my Master's in reading. My experience with people who have autism have... more
      • So excited to be in class with you! - luckadooso, Wed May 27 17:14
        Hi Sonya! I didn't know that you were taking this class! I am excited to learn with you. Your practicum experience sounds like it taught you a lot. It sounds like you have had varied experiences with ... more
      • Re: Introduction - Chelsea King, Tue May 26 14:26
        Sonya, senior year is so exciting and it goes by crazy fast, so enjoy every moment especially that of your student teaching placement! My placement happened to be in a classroom for children with... more
    • Jean Milton - Introductions - Jean Milton, Tue May 26 13:44
      My name is Jean Milton and I have little experience as a teacher. I have done two practicums in two very different settings, and I have a little experience with individuals on the spectrum. I am a... more
      • Settings - Cynthia Trickel, Thu May 28 07:57
        Jean, where did you do your practicum? What areas? It sounds to me that you will be getting a lot of experience given the chosen areas that you are working toward.
        • Re: Settings - Jean Milton, Thu May 28 08:59
          I have did my first practicum in a self contained classroom for 6th-8th graders with intellectual disabilities and/or autism. I was then placed with a resource teacher for math grades 10-12 in... more
          • Re: Settings - Jean Milton, Thu May 28 09:02
            I did* 2nd grade inclusive classroom.* I wish you could edit these after posting, but I don't see that option.
      • Re: Jean Milton - Introductions - Nicole Cornacchio, Tue May 26 15:50
        I also have little experience with ASD students and I think its great you are pursuing a teaching certificate in reading and autism.
      • Reply to Jean - Britt Hatcher, Tue May 26 14:43
        Hi Jean! What kind of teaching experiences have you had? What are the two different kinds of settings that you are talking about?
    • Introduction - Nicholas Flippen, Tue May 26 13:20
      Hello, my name is Nicholas Flippen. I'm a senior here at Appalachian State University. I am in the Accelerated Admissions (4+1) program. My undergraduate degree is in Special Education Adapted... more
      • reply - rognstadgr, Fri May 29 13:12
        Hi Nicholas! I am also a senior in Special Education Adaptive curriculum. It is great that you have so much experience. I look forward to hearing your perspective on issues that arise!
      • Reply - Erica Phelps, Tue May 26 19:40
        Nicholas, It seems like you have had a lot of experience working with ASD students. I agree that it is interesting to integrate academic and functional goals. It is amazing what these students know,... more
      • experience - Cynthia Trickel, Tue May 26 15:14
        Nicholas, It sounds like you have had some valuable experience in working with students with autism. I am impressed with the degree in adapted curriculum. I feel teachers have the most difficulty in... more
      • Re: Introduction - Chelsea King, Tue May 26 14:20
        Nicholas, your situation on a professional level seem to match with that of mine. I recently graduated with a degree in Special Education focusing in the Adapted Curriculum and I am currently working ... more
    • Introduction - Kelsie Fender, Tue May 26 13:00
      Hello! My name is Kelsie Fender. I am a senior at App State studying elementary education. I have worked in two elementary schools in Watauga and Ashe County for internships in the elementary... more
      • Kelsie reply - hinesjd, Wed May 27 18:53
        I love the Special Olympics. I have volunteered for several years now. I am excited to learn with you this month!
      • Excited to learn from you - luckadooso, Wed May 27 17:40
        Hi Kelsie, I am excited to work with you in this class in a small group. Your internships sound like they have taught you quite a bit, and the experience with Special Olympics sounds very rewarding... more
      • Reply to Kelsie from Haley - brigmanhd, Tue May 26 15:49
        Kelsie, I have had the same experience (Special Olympics and babysitting), both were amazing and I throughly enjoyed the time I spent with the individuals with ASD! Like you, I am so excited to learn ... more
      • Introduction - Kelsie Fender, Tue May 26 13:06
        I failed to mention that I am part of the 4+1 program working toward a master's in reading!
    • Alexandria Spurrier Introduction - Anonymous, Tue May 26 12:42
      Hi!! My name is Alexandria Spurrier and I am an undergraduate student majoring in Special Education at ASU. I am just now beginning the 4 +1 Masters in Reading Education and this is my first class I... more
      • Re: Alexandria Spurrier Introduction - parsonkl, Wed May 27 19:43
        Hi Alexandria, I think it is great you have gotten to do an internship where there were two students in the classroom who had autism. I have not gotten to have that experience yet, but I am hoping to ... more
      • Hello! - Kelsie Fender, Tue May 26 13:25
        Hi! My name is Kelsie and I am also just beginning in the 4+1 program, however I am an elementary education major. I have had limited experience with individuals with autism. I am looking forward to... more
      • Hey Alexandria! - miloshcl, Tue May 26 13:06
        This is my second course in the 4+1 program, I'm sure we'll have many more together! What year are you? How was your internship? I worked closely this past semester in my first practicum placement... more
    • Introducing...Cassidy Milosh - miloshcl, Tue May 26 12:36
      Hello all! I'm Cassidy, a senior at App State this coming school year. I will be graduating from my undergraduate studies in Special Education Adapted Curriculum and Spanish and continuing for one... more
      • Veteran teacher - Cynthia Trickel, Thu May 28 08:07
        Cassidy, You mentioned that you looked forward to learning from veteran teachers. I am a veteran teacher. I want to respond to that statement to say that veteran teachers can also learn from new... more
      • Cassidy! - summeysl, Tue May 26 13:54
        Hey Cassidy! I love your passion and enthusiasm for teaching. It is obvious that you love your students and love the ones you haven't even met yet! They will be lucky to have you as a teacher. Having ... more
    • Introduction - Chelsea King, Tue May 26 12:16
      Hi everybody! My name is Chelsea and I recently graduate from Appalachian State with my Bachelor's in Adapted Special Education. I have a wide range of experience with individuals who have Autism. I... more
      • Chelsea King Reply - lavertyse, Tue May 26 13:08
        Chelsea, I think that is really great that you have experience with so many different types of autism. That is something really different from the experiences that many of us who are not special... more
    • Hayden Porter Introduction - Hayden Porter, Tue May 26 12:07
      Hello! My name is Hayden Porter and I just completed my undergraduate program at ASU in Special Education. I began the 4 +1 Masters in Reading Education last summer and will graduate again next May... more
      • Prepared - Cynthia Trickel, Thu May 28 08:12
        Hayden, It sounds as though you are making some wise decisions in your class work to be prepared for your future. As a veteran teacher, I want to applaud your attitude as the desire o learn and keep... more
      • Congratulations! - coxdm, Wed May 27 10:48
        Hey Hayden! Congratulations on getting your undergraduate degree in Special Education! That is awesome. How have you felt about the 4+1 program in Reading Education? I am currently doing that program ... more
        • Reply to Dana Cox - Hayden Porter, Thu May 28 18:05
          Dana, I have really enjoyed the Reading 4 + 1 so far. It's been great! I started it last summer, right before my senior year. So this is my fourth class in the program. The courses have built upon my ... more
      • Re: Hayden Porter Introduction - Marcela Tate, Tue May 26 23:57
        Hayden, I too want to be as prepared as I can be to meet the needs of all my future students. I will be starting block I next semester. Good luck and congrats on completing your bachelors.
    • Rachel Caldwell Introductions - Rachel Caldwell, Tue May 26 11:45
      My name is Rachel Caldwell and I am a junior Special Education major at App State and a part of the 4+1 graduate program. Through the education department, I have had the opportunity to intern in a... more
      • Rachel's Introduction - Maggie Horne, Wed May 27 21:16
        Hey Rachel! I am extremely excited to hear your input throughout this class. I know we have had similar experiences and I know that we have a lot to learn. I too have worked at camps and after school ... more
      • Wrong year! - Rachel Caldwell, Tue May 26 13:34
        With the school year just ending, I have not yet gotten used to being a senior. I just finished by junior year, and I am now a senior. I still cannot believe how fast my time at ASU is going.
        • know what you mean - koppenhaverd, Wed May 27 13:25
          I can relate to your "how fast my time is going." Time accelerates with age, although I move much slower than I used to. Yesterday I was 21. Today I'm 58.
      • Reply to Rachel Caldwell - Hayden Porter, Tue May 26 12:10
        Hi Rachel! So glad to hear you've been able to get involved in the 4 + 1 program during your junior year! The department introduced it to us at the start of my senior year so I've been playing... more
        • Answers to Hayden's Questions - Rachel Caldwell, Tue May 26 12:30
          Hi Hayden! Its great that even though its a newer program that you still get to be a part of it! I am a part of the reading education program, but I had no idea that both programs would be taking... more
    • Introduction - brownrf, Tue May 26 11:40
      Hi all, I'm Rebekah Brown. I am a senior, Special Education major in the 4+1 program. Since I'm still an undergrad, I haven't had much experience teaching yet, but here are my experiences... I... more
      • Rebekah reply - hinesjd, Wed May 27 18:52
        Wow! Your story is awesome. HOPE seems like a wonderful program (something every community should have). I look forward to learning with and from you this semester.
      • RE: Introduction - Kelsie Fender, Tue May 26 13:33
        Hello, Rebekah! My name is Kelsie and I am also a senior in the 4+1 program. However I am an elementary education major. I have also had very little teaching experience and I'm excited to learn from... more
      • Reply to Rebekah Brown - Hayden Porter, Tue May 26 12:15
        Rebekah, what an incredible sounding program! That's awesome. Despite still being in your undergrad, it sounds like you've had several experiences that you have definitely benefitted from! What are... more
        • Reply to Hayden - brownrf, Wed May 27 10:53
          Thank you very much, it's been a crazy but incredible journey with the program. I am actually in the process, this summer/upcoming year, of making HOPE a non-profit organization. That is my dream... more
    • Rachel Caldwell Introductions - Rachel Caldwell, Tue May 26 11:39
      My name is Rachel Caldwell and I am a junior Special Education major at App State and a part of the 4+1 graduate program. Through the education department, I have had the opportunity to intern in a... more
      • Hey Rachel! - Nicholas Flippen, Wed May 27 21:48
        Hey Rachel! Your experiences with students that have ASD are going to greatly benefit you as a future teacher! I agree with you completely that we should meet all students at their present level of... more
      • Re: Introductions - Chelsea King, Tue May 26 13:57
        Rachel, it appears that although only a Junior here at ASU you have had an incredible amount of experiences working with children who have Autism. I have always been interested in how camps run for... more
    • Britt Hatcher Introduction - hatcherbl, Tue May 26 11:19
      I am an Undergraduate distance education student studying at the Caldwell Campus. This fall I will begin my senior year! I am very excited that I am at this point, and I am kind of sad that it is... more
      • Reply to: Britt Hatcher Introduction - Angie Helton, Thu May 28 08:45
        Hi Britt, I sooo agree with you about being excited about learning more about how to help struggling students overcome challenges they face to learn to read and write because of ASD. As you know, my... more
        • Angie - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 00:08
          I think that although they are not the same that there are going to be some great things that you can take away and apply. I gave her lots of kisses :D
      • Hey Britt! - Nicholas Flippen, Wed May 27 17:38
        Hello Britt! I really enjoyed reading your introduction. I think it's great that you are pursuing a degree while raising a child. It must be difficult but so worth it! Also, your experience with... more
        • Nicholas - Britt Hatcher, Wed May 27 19:38
          It is very difficult. It is hard to spend time with my daughter and try to school work at the same time, but somehow I manage to do it. Many nights of little to no sleep and Starbucks is very much my ... more
    • Introduction - Amanda Wallace, Tue May 26 09:14
      Hi, my name is Amanda Wallace. I will begin student teaching this fall in Hickory, and will graduate in December. I have completed my internships in kindergarten and 4th grade in Caldwell County... more
      • Student Teaching - coxdm, Wed May 27 13:01
        Hey Amanda! I am so excited for you that you are student teaching this fall. I start my student teaching in the spring. What grade are you student teaching for? I hope you have a great experience. I... more
        • Student Teaching - Amanda Wallace, Wed May 27 13:26
          Dana, I have not gotten my grade assignment yet, only the school. Starting my program, I thought I wanted to teach 4th grade, but after having kindergarten in block II I'm not sure. I really loved... more
    • Introduction - hillaryyarbrough, Tue May 26 08:10
      My name is Hillary Yarbrough and I am currently studying Elementary Education at ASU. I will student teach this fall in Burke County. I have worked in the after school program in Burke County for a... more
      • Re: Introduction - Megan Rembert, Wed May 27 16:00
        I think its great that you recognize that all students are different and learn different ways. I think this is especially true with autistic students and especially if you are wanting to work in the... more
      • Reply - Britt Hatcher, Tue May 26 11:29
        Hi Hillary! It sounds like you have had some great experiences already with students with Autism! It is truly amazing how much that one can learn from the children who have Autism. I am looking... more
      • Re: Introduction - Amanda Wallace, Tue May 26 09:17
        Hillary, I am also student teaching this fall. I look forward to learning from all of your experiences in this class this semester.
      • Reply - bennettmc, Tue May 26 09:11
        Hi Hillary, What school do you teach at in Burke County? I am pretty familiar with schools in that area and was just wondering which one!
    • Re: Module #1: Introductions - Rebecca Wiggins, Mon May 25 23:15
      I just graduated with a degree in elementary education from Appalachian State. Most recently, I student taught at Westwood Elementary School in a fourth grade classroom. I have not had any experience ... more
      • Re: Module #1: Introductions - Jean Milton, Thu May 28 09:15
        Did any of the students you worked with at Westwood Elementary have a disability? If so, were there more with one disability than another? I have not heard of Westwood Elementary, but I think 4th... more
      • Reply to Rebecca Wiggins - Angie Helton, Wed May 27 15:10
        Hi Rebecca! Congratulations on your graduation! I'm sooo looking forward to when my turn rolls around. :) I enjoy the 4th grade students. They are still at the really sweet state, but are beginning... more
    • Tavia Cathey introduction - catheyt, Mon May 25 20:56
      I am a kindergarten teacher in Davidson County Schools. Throughout my 15 years teaching I've taught K, 2, 4 and K- 5 reading intervention, so I've had some experience in just about all elementary... more
      • share those best practices - koppenhaverd, Tue May 26 11:10
        I hope you'll share those best practices you learned from Mom, and what you found worked best for your student this year. Most of the children I've worked with who have ASD also have some sort of... more
      • Tavia Cathey - hildebranak, Mon May 25 21:26
        I am thrilled that there is a teacher with a lot of "regular" teaching experience in this group. I know you will have a lot to share with us. And thank you for sharing your experience with your SPD... more
    • Introduction - carsleymm, Mon May 25 20:17
      My name is Mary Carsley and I am a second year special education teacher. I work with high school students and absolutely love it! My students are as unique as any group of eight teenagers and I love ... more
      • Reply - K. Madison Broome, Wed May 27 23:07
        Hey Mary! It is so awesome to have so much experience teaching! I bet that you will have a lot to contribute to the rest of us! I have heard about TEACCH techniques but don't know much about it. I... more
      • Introduction reply 1 - hinesjd, Mon May 25 20:33
        Hi Mary. I loved reading your introduction. I am glad to see you love high school so much. I am considering high school and elementary school but have always leaned more towards high school. It's... more
    • Introduction - Stacy Huffman, Mon May 25 19:39
      I somehow managed to post my introduction in the wrong place.....My name is Stacy Huffman and I am a special education teacher. This past year I taught an autism support class and and plan to teach... more
      • hooray for experience - koppenhaverd, Tue May 26 13:24
        And I' thrilled that you have some experience with autism that you can share with us. I'm confident you'll learn some useful strategies in here.
      • Don't worry, be happy. - koppenhaverd, Tue May 26 13:23
        Don't worry about posting in the wrong place. It's the first day and we're all learning. So far :-) I've not had a student create an unfixable error with this threaded discussion.
      • Re: Introduction - Amanda Wallace, Tue May 26 09:21
        Stacy, I look forward to learning more about your experiences in this class. I think its great that we have so many different perspectives and experiences this semester.
      • Reply to Stacy Huffman - hillaryyarbrough, Tue May 26 08:22
        Hi Stacy! It's going to be great having a special education teacher's input in this class. I can't wait to learn from your experiences with children who have an autism spectrum disorder. I have never ... more
      • hi Stacy! - catheyt, Mon May 25 20:58
        I'm so glad that there are a mix of students with a range of experience. I am a general ed teacher and have little experience with ASD students, though I feel like this is become much more common in... more
      • Hi Stacy - carsleymm, Mon May 25 20:18
        Hi Stacy. I'm so glad we made it into the same class! I'd love to plan on collaborating with you for this class...Especially since we're at the same school.
      • Stacy Huffman reply 1 - hinesjd, Mon May 25 20:02
        Your story is very interesting Stacy; I'm sure you are a wonderful teacher and love your job! I look forward to learning from and with you this month and gaining some valuable insight into the life... more
    • Introduction! - luckadooso, Mon May 25 19:17
      Hello! My name is Sarah Luckadoo and I am an undergraduate student in the 4+1 program. As an undergraduate student, I have not had the opportunity to teach in a classroom of my own and most of my... more
      • RE: Introduction - Kelsie Fender, Tue May 26 13:19
        Hey, Sarah! I'm really excited to be in the 4+1 program with you! I had no idea you were also participating in it until yesterday. You have had such unique experiences with individuals with autism,... more
      • Reply to Sarah's Introduction - Rachel Caldwell, Tue May 26 11:26
        Hi Sarah! The experiences you have had with children with Autism are very unique and exciting. It sounds like you have had many opportunities to work with and teach students of all levels and... more
    • Introduction - Amanda Andersen, Mon May 25 17:17
      Hey! I'm Amanda Andersen, better known as Mandy. I just graduated from ASU with a degree in Elementary Education. I am a 4+1 student in the Reading Ed program. Like many of you, my teaching... more
      • Questions about the aid and the 2nd grader - Jordan Seagraves, Tue May 26 13:55
        Hi Mandy! Did the aid always stay in the classroom with the student for the whole day? It is rare to see now a one-on-one aid with someone. Do you know if he is diagnosed with anything else or is he... more
        • Aid and 2nd grader Reply - andersenal, Fri May 29 15:50
          The aid was with this boy all day in the classroom. He was pulled out for reading help each day and she went with him there. Anywhere he went, she was always with him. He was not diagnosed with... more
      • Reply: Amanda Andersen - luckadooso, Mon May 25 19:08
        Hi Mandy, I am currently an undergraduate in the Elementary Education program here at App, so it will be nice to learn from someone who has already been down the path I am currently on! I think that... more
    • Mary Bennett Introduction - bennettmc, Mon May 25 16:26
      Whoops, think I posted it as a reply the first time! Anyways, round 2 Hey everyone. I am sure many of you will find this surprising but I am actually not a teacher or pursuing a degree in teaching.... more
      • MC Reply - Britt Hatcher, Tue May 26 11:35
        Hey Mary Chandler! It's been quite some time since we have had a class together (Freshman year at SHS), yep, that makes me feel old! I am looking forward to another perspective of someone who is not... more
        • Re:Britt Hatcher - bennettmc, Fri May 29 13:04
          Hey Britt! I thought I recognized that name! I know we're getting so old! Glad we're getting to take this course together! Good luck :)
          • Name Change - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 00:06
            Congrats on your new last name! :) Loved the pics from the wedding!
      • Mary Bennett Reply - luckadooso, Mon May 25 19:03
        Hi Mary, Your experience sounds valuable and wonderful. I am sure that you learned so much during your time as a nanny! I have some limited nanny experience as well, and I have quite enjoyed it! I... more
        • Re: Luckadoo - bennettmc, Fri May 29 13:15
          Look forward to working with you too!
      • Mary Bennett reply 1 - hinesjd, Mon May 25 16:52
        You have an awesome background story Mary! A different and experienced perspective in this course will be wonderful and will help us all develop in our professional understandings about ASD. Also, I... more
    • Jacob Hines Introduction - hinesjd, Mon May 25 15:59
      Hello everyone! I am taking this course because I am currently working towards my Master's degree in special education as a 4+1 program member. This past semester was my first practicum placement and ... more
      • Reply to: Jacob Hines Introduction - Angie Helton, Thu May 28 09:06
        Hi Jacob, Did your friends autism inspire you to want to work in special education? I think being friends with someone who has a special need is a wonderful thing for you. You got to see his... more
      • Practicum experience - Cynthia Trickel, Tue May 26 15:05
        Jacob, It sounds like you were able to have a great experience with your practicum. It has been a few years since I worked in the classroom, however, I have had the opportunity to work with teachers... more
      • Hey Jacob! - miloshcl, Tue May 26 12:56
        How was your practicum?? You said you got a great opportunity to really work extensively with students with ASD. What age? I would love to hear more about it! My placement was with high school... more
        • Hey Jacob! reply 1 - hinesjd, Tue May 26 16:14
          Hey! My practicum was wonderful and I'm glad yours was too. I really want to work with high school kids at some point because I haven't been placed in one yet at ASU. I was in an elementary school.... more
      • Reply To Jacob - Britt Hatcher, Tue May 26 11:55
        Hi Jacob! I read in a reply that you live in Statesville, I also live in Statesville. What church do you attend? I am looking forward to the knowledge and resources that you will bring to the course.
        • Reply to Britt Hatcher's reply - hinesjd, Tue May 26 16:19
          Hey! I attended Yadkin Baptist Church off hwy. 115 for 13 years before I came to Boone. Lived in Statesville my whole life. Can't wait to hear from you this month!
      • Reply - bennettmc, Tue May 26 09:04
        Hey Jacob! Sounds like your experience with your friend from Church has taught you a lot! Also, you said you were from Statesville? I actually grew up there, but now lives in Salisbury!
      • Reply: Jacob Hines - luckadooso, Mon May 25 19:11
        Hi Jacob, It sounds like you are going to be a wonderful teacher one day! I am also excited to learn about how to help students with autism in the classroom. We learn a lot about autism itself, but... more
    • Sara Laverty Introduction - lavertyse, Mon May 25 15:46
      I have recently graduated with my bachelors in Elementary Education here at ASU. I am a part of the 4+1 Reading Program. The only teaching experience I have is in my block internships and during... more
      • Re: Sara Laverty Introduction - Jean Milton, Thu May 28 09:12
        Sara, I am interested to know what you think the dynamics are of the different counties and how they compare with one another. Do you think the areas you interned in produce different students or do... more
        • Jean Milton Reply - lavertyse, Thu May 28 10:06
          Jean, I have thought about that a little as I have gone through my time as ASU. Growing up in Wake County, I was somewhat surprised at the schools in these more rural areas. By no means do I believe... more
      • Reply - andersenal, Mon May 25 17:28
        Sara, I think it's really interesting to read about your relative. I feel like we focus a lot on children and students with autism, I rarely think about adults dealing with autism. It's good that you ... more
        • andersenal Reply - lavertyse, Tue May 26 13:09
          I agree, I think that as education majors we focused so much on children with autism but we rarely see, hear, or learn about adults with autism.
    • Introduction - Jordan Seagraves, Mon May 25 13:42
      AS you can see I am not the best with technology because I did not place my introduction where it was suppose to go. So I will post it again and hopefully in the right spot. I recently graduated from ... more
      • Re: Introduction - Jean Milton, Thu May 28 09:08
        Jordan, I am in the same boat with you in regards to experience in a classroom setting. I too have only worked with students in the context of ASU internships. Where were your internships at? Did... more
      • Introduction Reply - lavertyse, Mon May 25 15:50
        Hey Jordan! I am like you in that I do not have much experience with autism or teaching experience in general. I feel like I know some about autism but not enough to be an effective teacher of a... more
    • Introduction - Angie Helton, Mon May 25 12:13
      Hi everyone. I am currently enrolled in the Elementary Education Distance Ed. program on the Caldwell Community College campus in Hudson. This fall I will begin my senior year and I'm so happy about... more
      • Hey Angie!! - whitemb2, Wed May 27 10:47
        Hi Angie!! I am so glad that you are able to go after your dreams and have the chance to go to school to get a degree that you want. I would not be able to do what you do because at 22 I feel like I... more
      • Re: Introduction - parsonkl, Tue May 26 18:04
        Hi Angie! I also have little experience with people with ASD. I think this course will be very interesting and very helpful for ones like us who have little experience.
        • Reply to Kaitlin's reply to me... - Angie Helton, Thu May 28 08:48
          Hi Kaitlin, Yes, I think this class will be very interesting, and rewarding, for those of us who have little experience with ASD. I am so interested in learning how to help these students succeed in... more
    • Amy Hildebran Introduction - hildebranak, Mon May 25 11:33
      I am currently in the Elementary Education Distance Education program through Appalachian at CCC&TI going in to my senior year in Fall 2015. I am also in the 4-n-1 Master's Program for Reading. So, I ... more
      • Re: Amy Hildebran Introduction - Karley Ingold, Wed May 27 22:52
        Hey Amy, Thats awesome that you have had such close experiences with family members and I'm sure your involvement with them will be beneficial to your teaching in the future. I am in a music... more
      • Re: Amy Hildebran Introduction - parsonkl, Tue May 26 18:10
        Hi Amy! That is really interesting to hear about your cousins. My uncles step-son is the same way with the guitar, and he also has ASD. It amazes me at how good he is at playing the guitar.
      • Reply to Amy Hildebran - hillaryyarbrough, Tue May 26 08:19
        Hi Amy! I am also in the distance education program at CCC&TI. Our cohort student teaches this fall. I love that there are some of us doing this program on here! That's so interesting that you have... more
      • Reply to Amy's introduction 1 - Angie Helton, Mon May 25 12:21
        Hi Amy! I find it amazing that your older cousin is able to remember so many details about birthdays and such and that your younger cousin is able to pick up on a song and 'play by ear'. I can't do... more
    • Brooke Hardin Introduction - leebo, Sun May 24 07:02
      I am one of the two instructors for this new course. I am a former classroom teacher and curriculum/literacy coordinator from Shelby, NC. I received my Masters in Reading from ASU in 2009 and am now... more
      • Re: Introduction - Chelsea King, Tue May 26 14:07
        Brooke, first let me begin with saying that I grew up in Kings Mountain and graduated from Kings Mountain High School, so the area you have taught is very close to my heart. It's interesting that you ... more
        • More about the library - Brooke Hardin, Wed May 27 23:20
          Chelsea, It's great to meet a Cleveland Co. native! I think the experience you and your students had with librarians is common. However, I saw the book selection process as an opportunity to form a... more
      • Tell Use More about Book Selection - koppenhaverd, Sun May 24 12:33
        I'd love to hear more about the book selection process. What was different than typical students? How did you have to assist?
    • Dave Koppenhaver intro - koppenhaverd, Wed May 13 13:34
      I'm one of the two instructors of this new course. Years ago I taught middle grades language arts in Oxford, NC. Since then in either research studies, camps, or campuses, I've taught preschoolers,... more
      • Reply to Koppenhaver Experience - miloshcl, Tue May 26 12:20
        I would love to hear more about that very first teaching experience with preschoolers with ASD, Dr. Koppenhaver! That is a population I am extremely interested in working with in the near future and... more
      • experience - catheyt, Mon May 25 21:03
        Dr. K, It sounds like you have a wide range of experience working with this population: from prek to adult. I look forward to learning more about ASD students an teaching them to read and write. I... more
        • don't undersell yourself - koppenhaverd, Tue May 26 11:15
          Tavia, Knowing your work and a little about your teaching from previous classes, I bet you're underselling what you know. I look forward to learning with you again. And you're almost done!
      • Mary Bennett Introduction - bennettmc, Mon May 25 16:24
        Hey everyone. I am sure many of you will find this surprising but I am actually not a teacher or pursuing a degree in teaching. Therefore, my perspectives, understandings, and questions may be a... more
        • Re: Mary Bennett Introduction - Marcela Tate, Tue May 26 23:43
          Mary, You will definitely have a unique and valuable perspective!
        • Reply to Mary - miloshcl, Tue May 26 13:00
          That is amazing that you're taking this course from a different perspective and with perhaps some different goals! I think that is such a great idea to tie this content in teaching individuals with... more
        • careful the level you post - koppenhaverd, Tue May 26 11:13
          Mary, your post appears as a reply to my intro because you replied to it instead of the message thread. Look forward to your contributions from a different perspective. Teaching and social work are... more
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