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Alexandria Spurrier
Reply to Lauren Livingston
Sat May 30, 2015 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 were of their interests, and would even have a hard time moving on to a mother book. I think appealing to their interests is a great way to engage them and help them comprehend the text more.

  • 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
    • 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
      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
        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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