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Rachel Caldwell
Letting the Students Answer
Fri May 29, 2015 12:42

As an undergraduate, I have not had ample amounts of time a classroom with the same group of students. However, I have been a part of many different summer programs for students with disabilities, and some very well run classrooms in Watauga County. One way that has been discussed in some of my classes and that I have seen teachers work to better understand their students is to just ask them. Some good questions could be asking what they are interested in, what they like in classrooms, what helps them, and what they do not like. Kids of all ages love to talk about themselves, and while this may be difficult for some students with ASD, I have seen others who really enjoy this and get a lot out of it.

  • Background knowledge - Cynthia Trickel, Fri May 29 10:38
    After reading the articles and watching the videos, some of the things that stood out most to me was the occurrence of tying in background knowledge to the current learning objective and to make the... more
    • Letting the Students Answer - Rachel Caldwell, Fri May 29 12:42
      • reply to letting the students answer - rognstadgr, Fri May 29 14:44
        This brings up a great point, when in doubt, just ask. Sometimes it can be that simple. I have been on this kick about coming up with concrete strategies to work with students with ASD. However,... more
    • Re: Background Knowledge - bennettmc, Fri May 29 11:23
      Cynthia, you make an excellent point. For students who do not have disabilites, they are able to use background knowledge to help them learn. It comes more naturally for them. However, for students... more
      • Time - Cynthia Trickel, Fri May 29 11:36
        In my position, as EC Director, I do not provide direct instruction to students, however, I am responsible for providing direction to the teachers who work with me. In my past experience as a... more
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