how I motivated my autistic students to publish 63 books

How I Motivated My Autistic Students to Publish 63 Books

autistic students self publish

Can self-publishing change everything? For some autistic kids, it did. Parents started showing up at IEP meetings. Everyone started talking. And it wasn't all that hard!

Essential Questions in “How I Motivated My Autistic Students to Publish 63 Books”

  • How do you edit and publish books with kids of all ability levels?
  • What tools do you use?
  • How does the workflow?
  • How do I secure parent permission?
  • What are the benefits of self-publishing with kids?

[callout]Jon Smith's students have published 63 books! (probably more by now)  Jon makes book publishing approachable and doable. We can do this![/callout]


Educator Resources from This Episode

As teachers, we have to not be fearful of what could happen but focus on what this idea could become.


If you're going to fear anything, fear complacency, fear the status quo. fear doing nothing.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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caleb November 12, 2015 - 4:04 pm

Just a note: “autistic students” should probably be “students with autism” it is relatively unacceptable to refer to someone as “autistic” anymore.

Vicki Davis November 13, 2015 - 5:24 am

Thank you- I am not sure I can change the original radio show title but will see what I can do.


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