Interesting Question
Sat Jun 13, 2015 20:41

I also wondered the same thing last week when we discussed it. I believe music is very beneficial and helps students focus. However, I believe this only works if the correct music is chosen for the setting. For example you can't play Disney music because it will become a sing along class. Now if you play some classical music, then yes it will work. I would not advise singing songs with the books because they will get too engaged with the music and not engaged with the content of the book. So if a teacher was to use music, it would have to be done correctly and with music that is not distracting.

  • Is this working? - Britt Hatcher, Sat Jun 13 18:17
    This week I watched the videos with Eric and Kristen and Ryan. I found this videos very interesting and informative. In the video with Eric, he was instructed to read a book about the Itsy Bitsy... more
    • Reply - K. Madison Broome, Sun Jun 21 23:55
      This is such a great question. I wonder it as well! Is memorizing a book the same as reading one? I think that simply opening a book and recognizing words whether decoded or memorized is beneficial.... more
    • Finger point reading - wigginsmr, Tue Jun 16 23:17
      I think that music can be a helpful tool if used properly by the teacher. The student knowing the song and singing it shows that he can make a connection between something that he already knows to... more
    • Re: Is this working? - Tracy Nicole Cornacchio, Mon Jun 15 16:50
      I also watched the video with Eric reading the book about the Itsy Bitsy Spider and I thought it was great that he was able to sing alog while reading the book. It looked like he was finger pointing... more
    • RE Is This Working? - Rebecca McVey, Sat Jun 13 22:44
      I see where your question is coming from. I feel like a lot of the time my answer is the same "It depends on the student." But when working with students with ASD what is a life changer for one... more
      • Re: RE Is This Working? - Megan Rembert, Mon Jun 15 15:57
        I talked about the singing too and I think your right Rebecca, it definitely depends on the students. However, with this student in particular, I think you could tell it still worked because he... more
    • Interesting Question - whitemb2, Sat Jun 13 20:41
      • Being done right - Britt Hatcher, Sat Jun 13 20:51
        Being done correctly is a big thing. The more that I think about it, I wonder if using music (other than classical) is really a good thing to be used in the classroom at all.
    • Singing vs. Reading - Sonya Summey, Sat Jun 13 20:20
      I also saw that video and the one with the two high school students who sang "Let It Go". They new many of the words, but had to read the others. I think it partially has to depend on the age of the... more
      • Re: Singing vs. Reading - Tracy Nicole Cornacchio, Mon Jun 15 16:53
        I also think it was great that students can sing/read especially when they have the text in front of them and they are pointing to the words as they sing/read. I think this shows that they are... more
      • Age - Britt Hatcher, Sat Jun 13 20:46
        I think that age has something to do with it. But even I do this too, I know words to songs and sometimes I never really think about what I am actually singing, and I kind of think that this is what... more
        • Re: Age - Tracy Nicole Cornacchio, Mon Jun 15 16:55
          I also catch myself singing familiar songs without comprehending what I am singing. But I think it is great when students can finger point to the text while they are singing the song. This shows they ... more
    • Music in the Classroom - Kelsie Fender, Sat Jun 13 19:51
      I think that music works fabulously for introducing students to new ideas. Just like writing a hook for a paper, it could be something that draws children into the book. However, I don't think it... more
      • music in the classroom - Hunter Hastings, Fri Jun 19 08:10
        I completely agree! Not only do I think that music should be incorporated, but I think that art should be as well. When these activities are incorporated, kids get to learn things in new ways.
      • Re: Music in the Classroom - Molly Smith, Wed Jun 17 16:01
        I completely agree, I think music is a great way to engage students. When it comes to singing along a popular song while reading a book with the words of the song, it is important to make sure that... more
      • That is a good idea - Britt Hatcher, Sat Jun 13 20:02
        I really like the idea of having the students read the book in order to learn words to a song. This way they are learning to read with comprehension and not just memorizing a song. I think that I am... more
        • Thank you! - Kelsie Fender, Sat Jun 13 20:10
          I am glad you like the idea! I agree that it would really support reading comprehension. We could stop after each page/line in the song and ask the students questions using the strategies from this... more
          • My Pleasure - Britt Hatcher, Sat Jun 13 20:13
            Stopping after each page and asking what is on the page and what is going on and if they have any questions, is going to put them in the "hot seat" and let them really begin to think about what they... more
    • Re: Is this working? - Karley Ingold, Sat Jun 13 19:12
      I think that music can be very beneficial to children and help them to learn but I think that maybe for reading that it would be better to use songs that children were not already familiar with when... more
      • Music - Britt Hatcher, Sat Jun 13 19:40
        I like this idea, but this does create a challenge for the teacher in the fact that there are so many songs that are well known to children especially in the technology age that we live in today.
    • I Wonder.... - Jean Milton, Sat Jun 13 18:49
      I have noticed two students on the spectrum who learned to read through song. Of course these two children are not representative of the entire population, but I was told that the students came in... more
      • I Wonder RE - Rebecca McVey, Sat Jun 13 22:01
        I have also seen music therapy work wonders for children. I would really like to see this put into practice for reading instruction. I feel like music connecting to literature would work great in the ... more
      • Reply to Jean Milton - Ali Carr, Sat Jun 13 19:44
        I can say with you that I have seen music work in the academic areas for students with ASD. I have seen students sing to a book and see music incorporated with math. Not only did the students... more
      • That is Interesting - Britt Hatcher, Sat Jun 13 19:19
        I think that it is great that these two students were able to communicate by way of music. I would think that in the beginning that this could be a good thing, but are teachers going beyond this and... more
        • Last I Saw - Jean Milton, Sat Jun 13 19:54
          On my last day observing I saw the students singing a book they had never encountered. One student had taken some words from several songs and the way they are sung in each one to essentially create... more
          • In this case - Britt Hatcher, Sat Jun 13 20:06
            In this case, I think that there was more than just singing that was going on. I do think that we need to help ASD students distinguish the difference and we need to be careful how we are teaching... more
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