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Posted January 12, 2013
Posted September 16, 2012
Bluefish by Pat Schmatz tells the story of a boy named Tr
Bluefish by Pat Schmatz tells the story of a boy named Travis who has a learning disability and is entering into a new school. When he enters the school he becomes hesitant that he would never be able to make any connections with the people in his school, especially due to his inability to read. However, as school begins he encounters a girl named Velveeta who befriends him and makes him feel right at home. He also receives reading help from his teacher, Mr. McQueen. Together, Mr. McQueen and Velveeta help Travis with an activity that helps him learn to read. This activity involved Travis reading a book and circling words he didn’t know. Each week, he would learn the words he circled and then read the entire book to Mr. McQueen at the end of the week. Velveeta helped in this process by sitting down with Travis each afternoon and helping him go through the words he didn’t know.
As a perspective middle school teacher, I would recommend this book because it is helpful with the inclusion of students with special needs into a 4-8 classroom because it allows the other students in the classroom to see the results of being respectful to students with learning disabilities. In this book, Velveeta was not judgmental of Travis’s inability to read, but helped him, and when Velveeta was going through trouble, Travis was there to help her. This shows that even though a student may have a disability, they are still a person and their feelings should be considered as well. Another example of this is when Travis developed a crush on Velveeta after she had befriended him and helped him with his reading. Aside from reading I would also use a in class, hands-on activity to share what it is like for a student with a learning disability.
As a class, I would have the students split up into groups and give each group a paper that had misspelled words on it and many errors, I would have them look at the paper and try to translate what it says. After they have tried over and over, I would have them turn their attention back to me and explain that this is what life is like all the time with a person with learning disabilities and so they can see what it is like in their shoes and make them appreciate them more as they enter the classroom.
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Posted October 23, 2013
Posted August 20, 2013
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