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reply to Chris Varney
Fri May 29, 2015 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 perceptions as adults that surround kids with ASD can effect and change their world. It was a great reminder to me that EVERY child on the spectrum is different and is experiencing life in their own way.
Some questions I would like to discuss:
How do we create platforms to lift our students up the way Chris was?
What is our role as teachers in each students "I CAN" network?
How do we implement classroom wide and even school wide strategies to fulfill this role?
What actions can we take in our daily lives in order to change our interaction and instruction to create an environment that fosters each child's unique orbit?

This talk was very inspiring for me. The idea of an "I CAN" network is something that I will definitely take with me throughout my career and life.

  • 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
      • 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!
    • 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... more
      • 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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