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Hunter Hastings
re: communication
Fri Jun 19, 2015 14:24
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You are so right. Teachers sometimes think that a student has to have every part of grammar perfectly memorized, and sentence structure completely correct before they can write. In this past semester of reading clinic I learned how detrimental that expectation can be to a child's writing. If a teacher is grading a student on their writing, and there are red marks everywhere, the student may give up on himself and not view himself as a good writer. A student should be given PLENTY of opportunities to write without being graded, and just praised!

  • Communication - Angie Helton, Thu Jun 18 07:28
    Sometimes we get caught up in how students must form grammatically correct sentences and how the words must be spelled exactly right. After watching several of the videos and reading the articles, I... more
    • reply to communicatiion - Navila Castro, Sat Jun 20 15:52
      I have to agree with you Angie, communication for these students is what is most important to focus on and educators should not get distracted by correct grammar. Before I took this course I knew... more
    • Communication is Powerful - Allison Powers, Fri Jun 19 22:43
      This was exactly how I felt when I watched Cole's videos and looked at his book. Even though there were spelling and grammar errors spread throughout the book, I definitely felt like there was an... more
    • re: communication - Hunter Hastings, Fri Jun 19 14:24
      • re: communication - Sarah Baier, Sat Jun 20 13:08
        I completely agree. Seeing all those red marks can completely effect a childs imagination and will to write. I don't believe everything should be graded for students especially when they are just... more
      • Re: being praised - Angie Helton, Sat Jun 20 10:22
        You are so right. Students should be able to write independently, and not have to worry about it being right or wrong. It is such a good way for students to learn to communicate their ideas.
    • Re: Communication - Megan Rembert, Fri Jun 19 09:55
      I watched those two videos and recognized the same thing. In Kristens, you could even tell her excitement when she was counting the words and recognized that for herself, that was a long sentence. It ... more
      • Re: excitement - Angie Helton, Sat Jun 20 10:07
        I know! She knew she was doing well and it was so good to see how much it meant to her. It's something that most of us take for granted.
    • Eye Contact Is Crucial - Jean Milton, Thu Jun 18 21:44
      I remember talking to a professor who was also a parent of five children, two of which had ASD. He told me that when they were young and receiving speech therapy the SLP kept focusing on things like... more
      • Reply: Eye Contact - Erica Phelps, Sat Jun 20 22:17
        This is an interesting point Jean. I know that communication and social skills are difficult and challenging for individuals on the spectrum. I have heard that eye contact is one social skill that is ... more
      • Re: Don't do this.... - Angie Helton, Sat Jun 20 10:05
        Wow. It's hard to imagine that being the focus for the students. In my own experience I have found that telling kids, "Don't do this - Don't do that", is clearly not an effective practice. It's... more
    • reply to angie helton - rognstadgr, Thu Jun 18 19:27
      This is also something that I took away from this weeks lectures and videos. It seems today so much of our school system is about grades. Did the student do this correctly? When we should be focusing ... more
      • Re: - Angie Helton, Sat Jun 20 10:00
        It is really sad that teaching becomes only a job to so many. It is also sad that one of the reason teachers become like this is because they have to make sure the students show growth and do well in ... more
    • Re: Communication - lavertyse, Thu Jun 18 07:56
      Angie, I think you are right. I think that getting students to communicate is the most important part. The spelling and grammar can come later. I think that sometimes we get to caught up in trying to ... more
      • Re: Grammar/Spelling - Angie Helton, Sat Jun 20 09:55
        To me if the student is pushed to spell every word correct, and make sure the end of every sentence has a period or question mark, it discourages the student and he/she will lose interest in writing. ... more
      • you've got it! - koppenhaverd, Thu Jun 18 11:03
        It's not that grammar and spelling are unimportant. It's a question of timing and emphasis. Focus on communication daily, focus on one grammar/spelling/form issue at a time in mini-lessons until... more
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