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Lauren Livingston
RE: freedom in e-pals
Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:58

We also discussed the idea of E-pals in our group... I love the idea of E-pals for my students and I am excited to implement this in my classroom with a joint classroom. I understand your thoughts and concerns about guidance needed for students when engaging with the e-pal program. With anything... I think you have to base your instruction and guidance of each individual students needs. I teach in a public separate school for students with moderate to severe disabilities. For some of my students, I would be so excited if they were writing about a desired topic of choice- the fact they were writing would be a huge milestone. For other students, I would implement a checklist of guidelines and things in which the student should write about. Some students need more structure than others and as educators we must be careful not to push students away from the love of writing.

  • Freedom in E-Pals - Allison Powers, Fri Jun 19 22:35
    One thing our group talked about was how much structure needed to be provided for the E-Pal program. I think that one of the benefits to the students is they can discuss what matters to them. I would ... more
    • Re: Freedom in E-Pals - coxdm, Sat Jun 20 23:23
      I love the idea of using the E-Pal program to encourage student writing. I think that it is important to allow the students the freedom to write whatever they are interested in so that they stay... more
    • Questions to Start - whitemb2, Sat Jun 20 16:52
      I do believe that starting these programs, students should be given a list of topics and questions to work with in order to guide them in the right direction with responses. Just like Socratic... more
    • Rerouting - luckadooso, Sat Jun 20 15:53
      I think that this is an extremely appropriate idea. I don't think that you want to take all of the power away from the child, but you do want to make sure that they have enough structure to where the ... more
    • Reply to Allison Powers - carsleymm, Sat Jun 20 12:12
      Interesting points, Allison. I struggle in my role as a teacher in guiding my students towards staying on topic. I want them to write about what interests them, but, at what point, does it become... more
    • Re: Freedom in E-Pals - Megan rembert, Sat Jun 20 11:51
      i think a great way to start moving away from blues clues is to find the aspects of blues clues that he likes, and begin to introduce him to new similar things. Is it the animation or is it the... more
    • RE: freedom in e-pals - Lauren Livingston, Sat Jun 20 10:58
    • reply to e-pals - Navila Castro, Sat Jun 20 09:59
      I agree with you Allison, teachers should not set strict specific rules for their students to follow when composing, as we saw in the lecture, this hinders complete expression because there are... more
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