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Reply to Lauren - Choices/Interests
Fri May 29, 2015 21:51

This is so interesting to read, we talked a little about student choice in our group discussion. I'm a fan of "The Book Whisperer" by Donalyn Miller (in theory since I haven't put it into practice yet). The author totally discourages class novels and highly recommends students choose books based on their own interests. To me, this concept makes sense. Students are reading more because it's what they like. On the other hand, some of my most favorite books are books that were assigned to me in school. However, I've never thought about it the way you put it. That students will become dependent and will not work for anything else. I feel this is more of an obstacle for the younger children but still very important to keep in mind. For students with ASD, do you think it's important for them to have a say in any of the instructional material?

  • student interest - Lauren Livingston, Fri May 29 20:02
    Yes you are right. Students with ASD are some of the most unique and awesome kids that I have ever worked with. One thing to keep in mind when trying to teach or reach students by using their... more
    • student interest - Stacy Huffman, Sat May 30 12:39
      Lauren, I so agree with you in regards to student interest. I think that teaching students using things that relate to their interests is vital to their success. And you are right, this works with... more
    • Reply to Lauren Livingston - Alexandria Spurrier, Sat May 30 10:23
      I liked this approach to teaching students with ASD. I have never taught my own students, but in my Block 1 classroom there were 2 students who had autism and they definitely loved reading books that ... more
    • drawback of using "special interest" - tatem1, Fri May 29 23:25
      Thanks for your reply. I had not thought of how using an ASD student's interest to teach them could back fire in the long run. You gave me something new to think about. I guess it would be better to... more
      • it's not black and white - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 15:15
        It's not a question of using interests or not using interests to keep kids with ASD engaged. You saw enough students in the videos this week, I hope, to recognize that while they share some... more
    • Reply to Lauren - Choices/Interests - brigmanhd, Fri May 29 21:51
      • students' interests - tatem1, Fri May 29 23:40
        I have read excerpts of Mrs. Miller's book and also found it very interesting, motivating, and useful. I believe that there should be a balance between student and teacher choice. If my teacher... more
        • Reply to Tatem - Student Interests - brigmanhd, Sat May 30 10:45
          Yes, I agree. I think balance is key! Otherwise, some students would not be motivated to explore other genres. I also agree that Carl excelled when given a choice. In my group discussion, we talked... more
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