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brigmanhd
Chris Varney
Fri May 29, 2015 22:32
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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 Chris' speech, that changed rather quickly. As teachers, we might be the only person in a student's "I Can" network and if that's the case, I better be a darn good advocate and teacher. I know my post is straying away from methodology but I think it's so important that educators stay inspired and stay motivated even when the education world is not where it should be.

  • 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
      • 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!
    • 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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