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Re: Is Repetition bad?
Thu May 28, 2015 18:36

I think that repetition of skills is good and should be done. Practicing decoding (nonwords), comprehension, inferencing, etc. skills can be done through repetition. I think that doing something like sight word flash cards may become something they just memorize. Part of me wonders, is it bad that these students are memorizing words? Thats what we want from our students in some cases, like with sight words. I think that it could become problematic if a student stops reading the words and just looks at the shape like one article was talking about. We want the students to still decode words.

In my experience, repetition is almost part of the lifestyle of students with ASD. These people like structure and a schedule. People with ASD do not like unexpected changes or changes in their schedule. To me, this means repetition- repetition in their schedule, the way of doing things, how they perform tasks, etc. I could be very wrong, but this is an inference I would make.

  • Is Repetition bad? - whitemb2, Thu May 28 15:23
    The readings showed various test scores and data about the relationship between reading words and actually comprehending material for ASD students. One thing that caught my attention was the concept... more
    • Repetition bad? Re - Rebecca McVey, Sat May 30 23:35
      I think that a concept will stick when it is introduced in a variety of ways. For example, if a teacher is teaching silent E, they need to expose students to a number of different words that use... more
    • Reply to: Is Repetition bad? - Angie Helton, Fri May 29 22:16
      I struggle with this same question. I think that repetition is good to a point. It helps individuals 'catch on', but in some cases, it becomes memorization. I feel it is sort of the same thing as... more
    • Repetition vs. Stemming or Perseverating - Jean Milton, Fri May 29 10:34
      I wondered that too. I know that a lot of people on the spectrum have some sort of stemming, although I've only seen visual stemming, that results in repetition when speaking or doing something. I... more
    • Reply to whitemb2- Is Repetition Bad? - hillaryyarbrough , Fri May 29 06:43
      This brings up an interesting point. When do we know if a child is just memorizing words or if they really know them? I suppose using the words in another text will determine whether it's... more
    • Repetition=not bad - bennettmc, Thu May 28 21:37
      Like many others have said, I feel that repetition is not a bad thing. Individuals with autism often take a longer time to grasp a concept than do others, therefore repetition is a good thing because ... more
    • Is repetition bad? - Lauren Livingston, Thu May 28 21:18
      I work in a public separate school for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Repetition is an essential in my classroom because my students have difficulty recalling information that has not ... more
    • Is there thought behind it? - Karley Ingold, Thu May 28 20:37
      I think that repetition can be a very useful skill in learning new things but I think that it is imperative that the repetition have some sort of thought behind it and is not just mindless... more
      • Carl Repetition - brawleyeo, Fri May 29 17:25
        I noticed that in the Carl videos as well. I was wondering what would happen if the cards were mixed up. Like you, I felt he had just memorized the letter patterns instead of actually reading what... more
        • Re: Carl Repetition - Erica Phelps, Fri May 29 23:40
          Memorizing letter patterns is an interesting concept that I have never thought about before. I am not sure how I feel about this, but it seems like the articles think that it is a negative way to... more
          • Carl Repetition Reply - brawleyeo, Sat May 30 00:01
            Like you said, we all memorize common words because we don't decode every word we read. Once we learn what the word is from decoding, we can recognize it they next time we see it. For instance you... more
    • Re: Is Repetition bad? - lavertyse, Thu May 28 18:36
    • Re: Is Repetition bad? - hinesjd, Thu May 28 16:28
      This is a wonderful analysis of the material that entails a great question. I know it sounds a bit "cliche" to say that there is a time and place for everything, but in this instance it would be hard ... more
    • Re: Is Repetition bad? - McKenzi Davis, Thu May 28 15:55
      I do not think that repetition is necessarily bad because it can teach memorization. But is memorization real learning? If you think about math we "learn" a lot of math through methods of repetition... more
    • Repetition is tricky, I think. - luckadooso, Thu May 28 15:53
      I think that your question is very thought provoking. Repetition can be both good and bad. Repetition for the sake of rote memorization may not be the best way to learn for students, as it does not... more
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