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macdonaldke
reply: breaking rote memorization
Fri May 29, 2015 22:55
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I didn't read the article you are talking about, but that is really interesting what you said about students memorizing the shape and appearance of the word and then saying it verbally, pretending to "read" but not actually doing so and thus hindering comprehension. This made me think of "sight words" and how they don't follow any of the regular spelling rules but students in grades K-2 devote their time to memorizing them. It is important as teachers to teach students (once they have mastered predictable spelling patterns) that there are rule-breakers in our language so that they know and are not thrown off by these while independently reading. If we reinforce this with students with ASD, they may improve on recognizing homophones and homonyms and will pay attention to context if they come across these commonly confusing words. Some words will have to be memorized by sight, but if we teach students how to decode the words using spelling patterns like when instructing a typically developing student, they will be more likely to understand and then be able to comprehend the text.

  • Breaking Rote Memorization - brigmanhd, Fri May 29 21:33
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    • love the approach and the questions - koppenhaverd, Mon Jun 1 15:22
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    • Reply to Brigman - Hayden Porter, Sat May 30 23:21
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    • Patience - carsleymm, Sat May 30 12:22
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    • Patience - Amanda Wallace, Sat May 30 09:45
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      • patience-reply to amanda - Stacy Huffman, Sat May 30 12:50
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      • Reply to Amanda - brigmanhd, Sat May 30 10:39
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    • reply: breaking rote memorization - macdonaldke, Fri May 29 22:55
    • Rote Memorization - brawleyeo, Fri May 29 22:12
      I also had this question. I was curious as to why some students with ASD don't have problems with nonword reading and other do? Do some students just learn phonological awareness/letter-sound... more
      • Rote Memorization - brigmanhd, Fri May 29 22:16
        I was just reading your post about this! I hope this is something we cover later in course. I am also interested in the answers to your questions. The only thing I know to fall back on right now is... more
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