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Angie Helton
Perfectionism
Thu Jun 18, 2015 07:59
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I was stunned by the How Not To lecture. My daughters are 20 and 21 and when they were children, I would draw the letters of the alphabet in dotted lines for them to trace, over and over and over...I was obsessed with their handwriting skills to be perfect. I think sometimes as parents we become so into our child appearing to be the best that we forget what is really important for them to learn in schools. Not only in parenting, but as educators as well. I think it is much more important for teachers to focus on the meaning behind the writing, to come up with creative ways for students to learn, and to be an encourager to their students so they will want to do succeed.
I can't remember which lecture/video it was, but it was describing how focusing so much on correct spelling and formal grammar and punctuation discouraged a child from writing. Putting this kind of pressure on a mainstream student, much less an ASD student, is wrong on so many levels. I think the ASD student needs to first and foremost learn to communicate, even if the spelling is wrong.

  • Once I again, I have learned a lot so far from this module. One of the strengths these children have is that they can learn and grow SO much. However, their learning does not happen in the... more
    • Re - Sonya Summey, Sat Jun 20 18:37
      I also learned a lot from this module. There was so much to be able to apply as well as a lot of stories and examples of how teachers teach children with ASD how to write. You have a lot of great... more
    • I also had the same question. My assumption is that the practices mentioned in the "What Does Not Work" video apply to all students, but especially to students with ASD. When I have my own classroom, ... more
    • Perfectionism - Angie Helton, Thu Jun 18 07:59
    • I was surprised to learn that copying was considered ineffective for students with ASD. I guess after thinking about it, it probably is ineffective for typically developing students as well. In the... more
      • Re: lavertyse - bennettmc, Wed Jun 17 18:21
        I agree, the lecture was very informative and I learned so much from it. In my opinion, there are not enough teachers who truly understand what works and what does not. I still feel like students are ... more
    • 3 answers to questions - koppenhaverd, Wed Jun 17 15:20
      1. Copying is ineffective after it is used to introduce a new letter. It loses utility after 3-6 copies. It is ineffective because it reduces a complex social, linguistic, cognitive, and... more
      • re: 3 answers to questions - stacy huffman, Thu Jun 18 22:54
        I love the example that was used in the lecture about copying Arabic! I plan to present this at one of our grade-level meetings as an activity to introduce the new strategies that I have learned in... more
      • Re: 3 answers to Qs - bennettmc, Wed Jun 17 15:56
        Thanks for the reply Dr. Koppenhaver. I was glad to learn that Eric's mom and Eric's teacher attended the classes you teach because our understanding of concepts like these are so often wrong. That's ... more
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