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Eric Charlesworth

I agree Kathy! Sounds like being explicit about the end goal is key.

Kathy Lanzim

I'm a special educator and my students often need more support than many of their peers. I work with teachers and my educational assistants to choose individual skills to work on one at a time until I feel the student can manage on their own. I get them in 7th grade and keep them for 8th grade, then send them on to the high school. I make it clear to the students that my job is to get them ready for high school, and we they can expect lots of support in the beginning, but as they develop their skills the expectation will be that they will be increasingly responsible. I strongly feel that too much hand-holding can send the message to the student that I don't think he/she is capable of handling things on their own. That is not good!

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