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Nicholas Flippen
RE: Priming
Sat Jun 13, 2015 13:42

In my Practicum 1 placement this past semester, I had the opportunity to use priming with two students that had ASD. The classroom teacher was going to introduce and read them a story that had words the children were not familiar with. Before reading the book, she had me sit with each student one on one and teach the new vocabulary words using sign language and picture symbols. After about ten minutes with each student, they seemed very prepared and engaged whenever the teacher began to read the story. They would even interrupt her to tell her what the word meant. Now, I did not have an experience to compare with this without priming, but it seemed that the priming really prepared the students for the lesson. They didn't feel blindsided and were excited to do the lesson because they felt so prepared for it.

  • Priming - luckadooso, Wed Jun 10 17:35
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    • RE: Priming - Nicholas Flippen, Sat Jun 13 13:42
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    • Re: Priming - lavertyse, Thu Jun 11 13:26
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      • Priming - luckadooso, Thu Jun 11 20:13
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    • Re: Priming - Hunter Hastings, Thu Jun 11 09:52
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    • Priming - Cynthia Trickel, Wed Jun 10 21:50
      I think priming is an excellent way to prepare students for upcoming lessons. If you have a parent that is very involved you can also ask them to assist with this with doing things like reading a... more
      • Priming - McKenzi Davis, Thu Jun 11 09:23
        I like how you suggested getting an involved parent to help the student prepare by reading them a story about the content area maybe the night before it is presented. I think that is a good way to... more
        • Reply to Priming: McKenzi - Maggie Horne, Thu Jun 11 23:17
          McKenzi, I completely agree with Cynthia, I LOVE your idea about teaching across the curriculum to prime students. I believe teachers who are able to effectively execute this idea offer invaluable... more
        • across curriculum - Cynthia Trickel, Thu Jun 11 09:33
          That is a great point! I agree that teaching across the curriculum is a way to integrate subjects, expand knowledge of a topic, and a great way to use priming.
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