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Rebecca McVey
Response to Cassidy
Sat Jun 6, 2015 22:39
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I think that we as teachers too easily stress out about reading and timelines and these negative feelings can be projected onto our students. When children see teachers so stressing something instead of allowing it to come naturally, they will stray away from it. When we give students time to naturally explore a topic, it is much more organic and meaningful for that student. Students with Autism may feel that aspects of their life are out of their control but taking charge in reading exploration may give all students a feeling of empowerment. I asked this in a previous post, but how do we as teachers allow time for this while also meeting state and school standards?

  • My biggest take-away this week is really all about what we DON'T have to do as teachers or reading specialists. From watching the videos of preschoolers newly introduced to the world of print to... more
    • Response to Cassidy - Rebecca McVey, Sat Jun 6 22:39
    • Interesting - Allison Powers, Sat Jun 6 22:18
      I thought this was interesting too Cassidy. I guess I just always think of students with Autism as needing a very strict, structured routine. Natural learning seems like something that would benefit... more
    • Re: miloshcl - Alexandria Spurrier, Sat Jun 6 14:19
      I loved this article! I thought it was amazing how little hope the teacher and the previous IEPs had for these students, but in just a few weeks they had amazing progress even though it seemed like... more
    • RE: emerging literacy learners need time to explore - Lauren Livingston, Sat Jun 6 10:43
      Great response! I too took from Dr. Koppenhaver article that time to explore literacy with multiple options and forms is the best way to engage and explore with students who have ASD. That is... more
    • I think I have also noticed that sometimes forcing students, especially those with ASD can have a negative effect when it comes to learning. They seem to like to be in control of situations so having ... more
    • Letting go of some control may be hard for many teachers because lack of structure often results in chaos. However, it can also be beneficial for learning and social interactions between students.... more
    • RE: miloshcl - Stacy Huffman, Fri Jun 5 18:19
      I agree with your point that sometimes we try to over structure our classrooms. I had never really thought about this until now. I have always been so concerned with trying to orchestrate... more
    • reply to miloschcl: less structure is best - macdonaldke, Fri Jun 5 11:19
      I think you hit the nail on the head by saying "lack of structure can actually be the best thing for a student learning about written language." Preschool, especially, is a time for exploration.... more
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