Social Pragmatics and the tone (the attitude ) of a sentence is frequently a mystery to student who are on the autism scale. Was speaking to a young teacher who was working with children on the this spectrum. We discussed the challenges of teaching them to comprehend “the tone” of a sentence, identifying whether the string of words were spoken in a sarcastic, patronizing, a questioning or hostile way. Had an “aha”moment when I connected using notes on a piano to simulate the pace, inflection, and pitch of each word in a sentence. Since music is left brained, I wondered if it would support spectrum kids to “get” the meaning in that way. There is a chapter on Tone in the Book Cognitive Yoga. What do you think? Would this work?
What skills will remain valid for the next generation?
What skills will remain valid for the next generation?At the rate of knowledge expansion and technological advances, if we went to sleep for 5 years and suddenly woke up, our day would be a challenge. Technologies, sciences, trends are mutating so rapidly that what we know how to do will be obsolete progressively at a more accelerated rate. However, the mind- body set up, our character and our social- emotional skills will continue to serve us well. Skills that will sustain students have more to do with character than facts. That’s why Social Emotional Learning must become a part of curriculum.
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