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Thu Jun 4, 2015 22:51

I love your post because I think the same thing! I have students where we work with the same materials for a whole week and then they tell me that they are tired of it or want to do something different, because really, who wants to do the same thing over and over again? It honestly gets tiring and boring for a student to be stuck with the same activity and book for so long. I believe a great way we can avoid overdoing material is to mix it up! We should have an anchor book or text that we work with, and do different things with, however at the same time we should be able to accompany that text with other types of reading materials, internet workshops, literacy packets (that are engaging, not repetitive) and hands on activities. Yes, there are just those materials and books where we have to work with them for some period of time to ensure they are comprehending it, however, why do we over do it? Is it not time to alter materials and create ways for students to be more engaged? That is one thing that is wrong with classrooms, students are stuck doing the same thing for so long, it becomes natural to them and they are never truly challenged which defeats the purpose of actually learning.

  • RECALL strategies - Angie Helton, Thu Jun 4 22:34
    While reading the RECALL study, the author gave several strategies to work with the ASD students. I was impressed at how much repetition helped under the circumstances. The CROWD (completion, recall, ... more
    • RE: RECALL Strategies - tatem1, Fri Jun 5 23:16
      I really like the CAR and CROWD techniques. I plan to use these in the future with my K-2 grade students. CAR gives students the opportunity to interact with books without pressure. They are free to... more
    • RECALL Reply - parsonkl, Fri Jun 5 19:01
      I really like the PEER strategy as well. I think this is a good way for the students to understand and remember the material they are being taught. I feel expansion can help them remember the... more
    • Re: Angie Helton RECALL strategies - Stacy Huffman, Fri Jun 5 18:26
      It was interesting to learn about these strategies for me as well. I have been doing some sort of this on my own, but it is nice to learn how the strategy is to be implemented correctly. Angie I... more
    • PEER? - miloshcl, Fri Jun 5 09:35
      That's awesome, Angie! I hadn't heard of the PEER strategy before. We learned about the CROWD questions in Dr. Koppenhaver's lecture and I love those ideas for engaging with the student during shared ... more
    • Overdone! - whitemb2, Thu Jun 4 22:51
      • Reply to Megan: Overdone - Maggie Horne, Fri Jun 5 11:38
        Megan, I also loved your idea of having a central theme! In Dr. Deal's class we were able to take a central theme and develop many different lesson plans around it. We were able to utilize a lot of... more
      • Good idea! - Allison Powers, Thu Jun 4 23:14
        I really like your idea about having a central theme, then doing lots of different things with that. I still think it is difficult as a teacher to decide when to move on to a new skill, or even when... more
        • time - Cynthia Trickel, Fri Jun 5 07:53
          Allison, I agree that you learn by experience. Sharing ideas on forums such as this is a great way to get ahead in the game, because you are learning from the experience of others. The idea presented ... more
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