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hinesjd
Re: Using Student Interest
Fri May 29, 2015 17:29
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Excellent point. I hit on something similar to this in my group's discussion. It is great to give students freedom to participate in their own learning by using their interests to facilitate. But at some point that interest can become more of a distraction than an aid. Getting to know our students well will be key to finding out what their #1 interest is and what some of their less favorable interests are that can still be used for motivation.
One thing that comes to mind for me is that when the interest becomes such a problem that it prohibits learning, we should switch to another interest. Even if some students are fascinated by just one thing, there are still several others things that can peak their interest (just not as much). After a substitution has been made, I think we can go back to the original #1 interest of the student every now and then but not constantly. The repeat (but non-constant) exposure to the student's #1 interest will keep them on their toes and working hard during the times that they are not currently working with it so that they will have earned the right to work with it again.

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    • Re: Using Student Interest - Sara Pappas, Mon Jun 1 14:55
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    • Student Interest - coxdm, Sat May 30 19:01
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    • Student Interest Reply - parsonkl, Sat May 30 15:20
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    • Interest - Britt Hatcher, Sat May 30 13:20
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    • Student Interests - carsleymm, Sat May 30 12:25
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      • Reply to carsleymm - andersenal, Sat May 30 13:32
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    • Response to andersenal - brownrf, Sat May 30 11:29
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    • Re: Using Student Interest - hinesjd, Fri May 29 17:29
      • using smaller interests - tatem1, Sat May 30 00:30
        This is a great idea! It might even work to use less favorable interests to facilitate learning first and then move on to other smaller interests or the number one interest, if the teacher finds it... more
    • Re: Student Interest - Tracy Nicole Cornacchio, Fri May 29 15:59
      I believe using student interest to drive engagement is a wonderful thing but I have never worked with ASD students so I am not familiar with students only wanting to read about one thing. I can see... more
    • reply: Using student interest - macdonaldke, Fri May 29 15:53
      I agree that it is useful in using student interests to engage them in learning and have also seen this in action. The first thing you can do to connect with a child is to talk about their favorite... more
      • Trails - Anonymous, Fri May 29 20:15
        I like what you had to say about how important it is to know a student and their interests, but not to let that hinder their learning experience. Odds are the child already knows a lot about the... more
        • whoops - Sonya Summey, Fri May 29 20:16
          I forgot to put my name in the author section. This was Sonya Summey
      • Trails - Kelsie Fender, Fri May 29 17:39
        When reading the original post I was thinking about how to connect the interest of one child to broader interests and lead them new and exciting topics which may hold their attention. I have never... more
    • Re: Using Student Interest - lavertyse, Fri May 29 15:50
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      • RE: Using Student Interest - hildebranak, Fri May 29 19:43
        I also think it could hinder a student if all you allow to read is something that interests them. I think teachers could use this to gradually guide the students to read other things. Such as the... more
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