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The end of our day today involved going to E's parent teacher conference, which turned into a sort of a mini IEP meeting. They've been working with different ways to get him to author his own thoughts, since writing by hand is such a terrible chore for him.

Here is his 'opinion' essay about Dinosaurs:

I think dinosaurs are the most amazing creatures that ever lived on Earth.

First of all, they have amazing features to hep them survive. Like spikes, teeth, and armor.

Next up, their self-defense is very good. It is better than normal. Like their claws and jaws are strong enough to crush bone.

Then to top it all off, you might think that dinosaurs are ferocious eat eaters but most are plant eaters. Think about it.

They have so many features that NO mammals have which what sets them apart from other animals on Earth.


His writing tutor says he has a "voice". He sure does.

Date: 2014-03-21 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kuzu-no-ha.livejournal.com
I love his essay!
I also really love how he adds "Think about it.", that is pretty fantastic.

Date: 2014-03-21 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bunnyjadwiga.livejournal.com
I'm so glad he is able to express himself like this.
Beekman is just beginning to be able to tell stories I might be able to write down for him!

Date: 2014-03-25 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anastasiav.livejournal.com
Dictation is a wonderfully freeing thing, particularly when you then type up the story and the child can see it looking like a book.

Date: 2014-03-21 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lanome.livejournal.com
Ha! That's awesome!

I wonder: do they try having him do dictation? I have no experience with this sort of thing, so I don't know what's usual.

Date: 2014-03-25 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anastasiav.livejournal.com
Yep, that's where this came from. She types as he dictates (so he can see the words on the screen) and then he edits from there.

They've also tried dictation software, but I guess it's a little too distracting for him.

They also do "timed writing" which is basically: you have to write for 5 minutes, but you can write anything you want. You can write the same word over and over if you want. Just write words. Also, the opposite, which is "fill one page as fast as you can, then whatever time you have left over you can play with the iPad". It's amazing how quickly he can fill a page with that understanding.

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