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Thu May 28, 2015 16:05

I think all of your points are very valid, especially when it comes to meeting the needs of students with AS in our classrooms. I think that crewing an understanding and nonjudgmental classroom community is vital. Helping students to understand that we all learn differently and have different needs will help students to feel more relaxed and open to each person's different style of reading. I think that it is okay to offer different styles of reading at different times. Maybe help the student with AS to create a visual chart or note-taking strategy for when they are reading silently to help them stay organized and comprehend what they are reading, and other times have read-aloud times where students can read to partners or small groups. Developing those skills is something valuable for all students as there will be situations where either of these skills may be required. As far as inferences, I think that is a really big challenge. Students miss quite a bit when they are unable to grasp inferences in texts. I think, maybe in the beginning, just thoroughly explaining what an inference is and what one may look like. Then, if a student thinks they are not understanding something that may be inferred, being open to questions? If you have any other ideas I'd love to hear them!

  • ASD Reading Classroom - McKenzi Davis, Thu May 28 14:53
    One of the articles that we read talked about Asperbergers and how students with AS cannot successfully function in the "normal" classroom or the "traditional" classroom where reading is taught and... more
    • RE: McKenzi - Nicholas Flippen, Sat May 30 16:44
      McKenzi, I think you've asked some very good and important questions! I am not a practicing teacher, but in my experience with working with students that have disabilities, more specifically ASD and... more
    • Reply to: ASD Reading Classroom - Angie Helton, Fri May 29 22:11
      You've raised some very good questions. I'm interested in finding out these things as well. I think talking to the student with AS individually, like a personal interview type thing, will help see... more
    • Reading Aloud in the Classroom - Erica Phelps, Fri May 29 10:06
      McKenzi, I had the same question about reading aloud when reading the articles and watching the videos. Of course this would depend a lot on the student because ASD does occur on a spectrum and so... more
    • Re: ASD Reading Classroom - Anonymous, Fri May 29 10:06
      McKenzi, I had the same question about reading aloud when reading the articles and watching the videos. Of course this would depend a lot on the student because ASD does occur on a spectrum and so... more
      • Re: ASD Reading Classroom - McKenzi Davis, Fri May 29 11:52
        One thing that I've consistently read about and discussed with my group is the significance of a positive and tight- knit classroom environment. I think that this is important for all students so... more
    • Reply to McKenzi Davis-ASD Reading Classroom - hillaryyarbrough, Fri May 29 06:37
      This is a very good point. Differentiation is very important but I like how you brought up the point of making the classroom a comfortable and safe environment for students with ASD to feel... more
    • Re: ASD Reading Classroom - lavertyse, Thu May 28 18:30
      I think that doing guided reading where the teacher pre-plans stopping points to check for understanding and comprehension would help in this situation. I can see some sort of reading rotation... more
    • Possible Approach - whitemb2, Thu May 28 17:29
      I can understand that students with ASD and any other disability, find it embarrassing to read while a class is in session. They always look at me funny when I ask them to read louder so that I may... more
      • Reply to: Possible Approach - Angie Helton, Fri May 29 22:31
        I like your strategy. Working in small groups seems to be what many of our schools use. It gives the students a chance to work with others, and to work with others who may be different than... more
      • Text Talk? - Rachel Caldwell, Fri May 29 12:24
        I love how you have been able to work with your students to see that they are doing what they need to do in order for them to succeed. This is so great. How did you work with them to get to that... more
      • Re: Possible Approach - Karley Ingold, Thu May 28 21:27
        I loved learning about Text Talks in my reading class this past semester so it makes me happy to hear that students enjoy them as well. i think it is a great way to involve all of the students in a... more
      • Re: Possible Approach - McKenzi Davis, Thu May 28 21:00
        Thats an awesome idea for inferencing with elementary students. I know that early aged students rely heavily on pictures so that they can understand the texts. After all, students begin reading many... more
      • Approach ideas - luckadooso, Thu May 28 19:17
        This post was very informative and gave me a lot of really great ideas! Thanks for posting. When splitting students into small groups, do you do so by ability level or just in general? I love the... more
        • Re: Approach ideas - McKenzi Davis, Thu May 28 21:06
          Yeah, a story map is something like what I was thinking to have students do in order to keep up with what is occurring in the story. But, somehow making it more than just writing down the facts of... more
    • Differentiation daily - luckadooso, Thu May 28 16:05
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