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Kelsie Fender
RE: Module 1-Chris Varney Video reminds me to tell kids you
Fri May 29, 2015 13:40

I really enjoyed reading how the video inspired you to be a better teacher. The point you made about uplifting your students was a point that I also found when watching the videos this week. In the videos I watched, I noticed the teachers correcting the students without ever telling them they were wrong. When you have students that do not follow the model of student learning that we expect them to, it is easy to get frustrated and annoyed. It is truly amazing to see how a little special attention from a teacher change change the way the students interact and eventually view themselves. Carl, from the videos, seemed to be very energetic and enjoy talking to his peers on camera. I am curious as to whether this is a trait that he had been taught, such as the storytelling trait you mentioned, in order to help him communicate with his peers.

  • I learned a lot from all of the assignments and videos. I particularly liked Chris Varney’s video. The way he told his story and then surprised everyone about how he was the subject of the story was... more
    • "I Can" - coxdm, Sat May 30 17:59
      I also really enjoyed Chris Varney’s idea that we need to have an “I can” mentality for our students. This will encourage our students to look at each task with a positive attitude. I think if we... more
    • High Expectations - carsleymm, Sat May 30 12:28
      I LOVED Chris Varney's video. I think the power of high expectations cannot be underestimated. Sometimes a diagnosis of ASD can result in parents and educators jumping to conclusions about what a... more
    • Chris Varney - brigmanhd, Fri May 29 22:32
      Ahh I'm so glad you found this as inspiring as I did. I watched the videos of the children first and felt very incompetent and that I would never have the patience for this. However, after hearing... more
      • Inspired! - miloshcl, Sun May 31 13:13
        I'm so glad you got to experience that change of mindset! I am definitely with you in having felt (and still feeling sometimes) inadequate to meet the needs of some learners. But you're so right; we... more
    • Chris Varney Video - hildebranak, Fri May 29 19:35
      I agree that this video was empowering. He is a great storyteller and kudos to his mom for deciding not to just accept the things he couldn't do but to accept the things he could and ways he did... more
    • reply to Chris Varney - rognstadgr, Fri May 29 14:10
      Very well said. When I was thinking about what I really got out of these videos and readings, the first thing that came to mind was this talk. It was a beautiful story of how our attitudes and... more
      • Re: rognstadgr - bennettmc, Fri May 29 16:26
        To respond to some of your thoughts... First of all, I think the role of teachers or just people working with these students is to remember to put yourself in that child's shoes. I think it's easy to ... more
        • reply bennettmc - rognstadgr, Sat May 30 11:06
          All of those strategies sound great! Thank you for sharing!
    • RE: Module 1-Chris Varney Video reminds me to tell kids you - Kelsie Fender, Fri May 29 13:40
      • Re: Kelsie Fender - bennettmc, Fri May 29 16:36
        Hey Kelsie, I am actually not teaching but yes it did inspire me to be this way in my work with these individuals! I agree with you about the videos and would have liked to see more correction from... more
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