Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Teaching learners with multiple needs blogspot

I selfishly use my blog for a repository of bookmarks I am afraid to lose track of. And to voice my opinion. Neither one of these are particularly interesting to the rest of you. I'm sorry!!!

There is a blog that a teacher has that includes a lot of free assessment tools, companies who deal in AAT, and common sense. I am studying to pass a Praxis II test in Severe and Profound Mental Disabilities. It's really tough to do without a college textbook, and it's going to be 5 essay questions to be finished in 1 hour. I'm not good at essay questions...and at age 50, the Alzheimer's my mother suffers from is starting to look like a genetic trait...


r.b. said...

The Expression Connection (1991) consists of an elicitation procedure,
a procedure for transcribing and analysing stories and a specific intervention
programme. The Expression Connection is a criterion-referenced assessment
designed to measure the length and complexity of oral narratives. It contains
five stimulus pictures with accompanying examples of level six stories. The
accompanying examples are used to provide a model of what constitutes a
well-organized story. The model is provided so that children will understand
exactly what they are supposed to say when asked to tell a story. There are
six story levels contained in The Expression Connection. Each level is
defined by the number and type of story grammar components found in the
story. The story grammar components are 1) setting, 2) initiating event,
3) action=attempt, 4) consequence, 5) internal response, and 6) ending. A
level 1 story has no real story grammar components. Children are simply
describing events, some of which may not be contained in the picture used as a
stimulus. Level 2 stories are still descriptive in nature, but they have a central
theme. Level 3 stories contain the story core of initiating event, action and
Table 1 Woodcock reading mastery-revised comparisons
Reading cluster
Subject Pretreatment Post-treatment
1 6;9 7;6
2 6;1 7;0
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consequence. Level 4 stories contain an initiating event, action, consequence
and one other story grammar component. Level 5 stories contain an initiating
event, action, consequence and two other story grammar components. Finally,
level 6 stories incorporate all the story grammar components. By categorizing
stories by the number and type of story grammar components, reliability of the
story level is more consistent.
Other visual stimuli that were used to elicit oral narratives consisted of
SPARC pictures and magazine photographs

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TEMPLE GRANDIN...sorry, she was my hero.

therextras said...

Vist me. Barbara

[using the 'shut up' approach]

lastcrazyhorn said...

All I know is that I passed the Praxis I without studying. I also know that I never learned how to do geometry or algebra worth a damn, and that was most of the math section. In addition, I suck at guessing.

I know that's just the first Praxis test, but perhaps somewhere in there lies a sign from above.

Either that, or you should make sure and bone up on your logic skills beforehand.

lastcrazyhorn said...

BTW, from the link that you posted (I'm assuming that you're "r.b.), I quote, "#10 Some hyperactive autistic children who fidget all the time will often be calmer if they are given a padded weighted vest to wear. Pressure from the garment helps to calm the nervous system. I was greatly calmed by pressure. For best results, the vest should be worn for twenty minutes and then taken off for a few minutes. This prevents the nervous system from adapting to it."

She says - Temple Grandin, that is - that her thought process is like seeing videotapes run in her mind.

Me, the interior of my head is like thinking inside a holodeck.

BTW also, try out this article - http://talentdevelop.com/

"I Think In Pictures; You Think In Words."


r.b. said...

THAT IS MY SON!!!! You know the weird thing is that I wrote about his brilliant, perceptive eyes when he was a baby...called them "eagle eyes". When he took his first IQ at age 4, I told him, "don't worry, use your smart eyes!". He did test very low, but visual discrimination was that of a 10 year old!!!!

Marla said...

Good luck! I am sure you will do just fine.

r.b. said...


Maddy said...

My Dad had Alzheimer's too. I expect I notice it more [being away] .

It seems that there are quite a few people who are returning to 'school'. Maybe I should do likewise?

Best wishes

Kate said...

Thanks for mentioning my blog, glad you like it. Good luck on your test. Here we take the Massachusetts Teachers Exam for Licensure (MTEL), I too passed (one question wrong on the entire test) without cracking a book. My best to you.

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