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Worth Thinking About: Deficit in the Child or Deficit in the System

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Reminded me of Jonathan Mooney's belief that "people don't have disabilities but experience disabilities in environments that aren't accommodating or inclusive of the wide continuum of human differences." Video: Jonathan Mooney Inspires New Perspectives and Laughter -------------------------------------- 
I post a new "Worth Thinking About" question each Sunday.  In reality, some might be more "and" statements rather than "or" statements. It is about finding the right balance so that we are aware enough to be effective in supporting student learning.

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Worth Thinking About - Discipline or Punishment?

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Reminded me of Ross Greene's philosophy of "Kids do well if they can." -------------------------------------- 
I post a new "Worth Thinking About" question each Sunday.  In reality, some might be more "and" statements rather than "or" statements. It is about finding the right balance so that we are aware enough to be effective in supporting student learning.

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What is Success?

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This past week, one of my students who is currently learning to navigate a visually supported communication system on his iPad, was supposed to give a pre-planned and recorded presentation on using Tap-Speak-Sequence (a separate app from his regular communication system) during drama class. 

We all went in to the week knowing that this student might not even get up to the front of the room as he is not much for "performing". This was okay as the learning experience that we were focusing on in this activity was tied to creating and recording the sequential script.  We had taken the assignment and he had worked with both a learning assistant and peers to answer yes/no questions and navigate around his communication system to find the things that he wanted to put in to the co-created sequence that he would use when he did his presentation. 

Presentation day came.  There is no doubt that this student would have gone up and obediently tapped the screen each time he was suppose…

Worth Thinking About - Special or Not?

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Reminded me of Thomas Hehir's work related to  Confronting Ableism. -------------------------------------- 
I post a new "Worth Thinking About" question each Sunday.  In reality, some might be more "and" statements rather than "or" statements. It is about finding the right balance so that we are aware enough to be effective in supporting student learning.

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