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students' interests
Fri May 29, 2015 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 hadn't chosen class novels, I would have never explored new genres and read books I still consider favorites. I also think that using students' interests to facilitate learning in ASD students would most frequently backfire among younger elementary students. Since this is the age group I plan to teach, I will definitely research Lauren's idea further. To answer your question, I personally believe that it is important to give ASD students a say in their instructional material. This brings me back to Carl from the videos, he seemed to excel while filming. It seemed like the teacher had given him some control and say in his learning.

  • Reply to Lauren - Choices/Interests - brigmanhd, Fri May 29 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... more
    • students' interests - tatem1, Fri May 29 23:40
      • 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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