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Patricia Ruvalcaba

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How can SOLEs be implemented without causing students to shun necessary but "boring" skills?

I remember when I was in 8th grade and a classmate asked me point-black what was the purpose of geography. Let me tell you, my answer of "so you know the climate of the country you are visiting or where is it" was utter rubish - both to my classmate and to me, but that was the only thing I could think of that she could actually relate to (two months later, she move to New Zealand).
In school, we are taught many things that we may not WANT to know, but that we NEED to know. Examples: grammar, composition, history, geography, mental maths, etc. Also, there are also many subjects for which we know the bare minimum (learnt at school) because we never give ourselves the time to learn about even if we know they are important (not many people actually read their country's constitution) or interesting (ethics, philosophy, art, etc.)

So... how ca SOLEs include these subjects without going against their principle (learning through self-motivation, not through imposition)


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  • Mar 10 2013: In working with children w/developmental delays, I witnessed years ago the progress these same children made through a process known then as "facilitated communication'. Simply put, parents and mentors were attempting to provide "facilitation of communication" via; pc, pda's, (known as smart-phones today), and any number of tech gadgets which we could put our hands upon & get into the school systems. Oddly enough it seemed then, the "average students" were actually at a disadvantage to certain degrees. many did not have access to the information, the media available, and most importantly free-flowing education which was becoming apparent then (1994-on) to many parents, teachers, mentors and the very children considered Delayed.
    Through the concept of facilitated communication and positive reinforcement, our child self-motivated to varying degrees up through his lower grade ranks with above average results.
    Point, this I believe was an earlier example of SOLE on his behalf via efforts in special education systems in attempts to enhance the cognitive and retentive outcomes for him (testing). Well, it has flourished thankfully.
    The boring skills simply become part and parcel, so long as they are integrated into "facilitation". Of course, mentors are essential...for without the human element it appears, all falls down.

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