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playing or learning
Wed Jun 3, 2015 15:38

In answer to this wonderful question. Yes and yes. Yes he is playing and yes he is learning. He finds it fun to take turns making marks on the board. His teacher chooses to focus on the behavior of turn-taking rather than the potential to elevate his understanding of writing, each time saying JR's turn, Donna's turn, Erase. What if instead, e.g., she had said, "JR, what are you writing?" He bumps her hand, "Oh, you want me to write?" So instead of erasing, she expands his vertical line to read "I am Donna" and points to herself. He bumps again because the game is to erase. She erases. He writes another line. She expands to "I am JR" and points to him. And the game continues. Do you see how this playful interaction could have become an rich language and literacy learning opportunity instead of the repetitive turn-taking practice it was reduced to? Even if turn-taking were the learning goal, do you see that turn-taking in and of itself is a pointless exercise? That turn-taking becomes important in human interaction (e.g., dialogic writing play?).

  • Its all fun and games? - hinesjd, Tue Jun 2 07:25
    I would describe emergent literacy for students with ASD as the behaviors exhibited in their reading and writing practice that show evidence of development and understanding of the subject matter and ... more
    • fun/games - catheyt, Sat Jun 6 13:19
      I think the most important thing to look for to see if the learning transfers is to look for it in other areas at different times. So, would JR be able to do this writing in another context? If... more
    • Reply to: Its all fun and games? - Angie Helton, Thu Jun 4 22:43
      Good point. Sometimes I wonder the same thing. But, with my own children, I have found that when something is fun to them, they are more eager to learn. I'm the same way...if the lesson is engaging... more
    • playing or learning - koppenhaverd, Wed Jun 3 15:38
    • reply to hinesjd - Stacy Huffman, Wed Jun 3 09:50
      You present an interesting question. "How can we tell if some of the more fun and interesting methods we use to teach reading and writing are being perceived by the students as fun but helpful... more
      • Games - luckadooso, Wed Jun 3 16:16
        I agree with you, some of the times that I have truly learned the most are times when I wasn't even aware that I was learning! Games such as candy land teach colors, rule-following, and turn-taking,... more
      • fun vs learning - koppenhaverd, Wed Jun 3 15:42
        I agree with you to a certain extent. The best learning activities are engaging (not always fun, but always engaging). Ultimately, if kids are going to apply what they are learning in contextual... more
        • Koppenhaver Response - Rebecca McVey, Sat Jun 6 22:45
          I feel like learning gets lost with too much complexity in lessons. There are many simple ways to make learning fun but it can easily get lost in translation when we add too many crafts, intricate... more
        • Cognitive Clarity - Cynthia Trickel, Wed Jun 3 16:58
          That is a great definition. I don't think I have ever used that terminology, yet that is exactly what we are striving for... Not just being able to relate symbols to letters and letters to words, but ... more
    • Its all fun and games? - McKenzi Davis, Tue Jun 2 18:41
      I do not see an issue with using "fun and games" in the classroom to teach students academic concepts. I don't even feel that it would be a bad thing for students to know and think that they are... more
    • Reply to hinesjd- It's all fun and games - hillaryyarbrough, Tue Jun 2 13:38
      This brings up a very good point. In my internship last semester there were a lot of times where the students would be learning science through a youtube video, or doing math and reading on "iReady"... more
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