+ One Teacher’s Semester With an Asperger’s Student

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“Age of Autism” is a daily online newsletter.  A piece by “Allen A Oldham” (a pseudonym, we are told, of an assistant professor at a large research university) offers his week by week observations as he interacted with “Fred,” whom he suspects is an Asperger’s Syndrome student.

He was a new teacher, having spent 30 years outside academia.   As he watched himself and “Fred” over the sixteen week period, he also began to research the subject of Asperger’s Syndrome, reading many books and articles, such as Ann Palmer’s “Realizing the College Dream with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome” (2006) and Temple Grandin’s “Thinking in Pictures.”  He attempted to fold what he learned into his interactions with “Fred.”

After the weekly sections (Week One, Week Two etc) he adds two segments: “Lessons Learned and Observations —  About Fred,” and “Lessons Learned and Observations — About the Teacher.”

Some may be irritated by the thought of a non-Asperger’s Syndrome person making broad statements about such matters, but others respond gratefully.  Read the entire piece at http://www.ageofautism.com:80/2008/08/my-semester-wit.html

Off this subject but related to teaching: 

“Oldham” tells us

In an effort to encourage students to review course material immediately after class, I make available on Blackboard, for 48 hours after each class, an online test consisting of five true-false or multiple choice questions on the chapter just completed.  If every single extra credit assessment is taken and every single question answered correctly, a student can raise his or her final grade by ten percentage points.  The catch is a student must attend at least 75 percent of the classes to get the credit.

tutoring in Columbus OH:   Adrienne Edwards   614-579-6021   or email  aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com


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