The children have worked hard during this unit learning about how to become flexible creative thinkers, solving problems, changing their minds or having a plan B when they got defeated by Rock Brain.
They have also learned that sometimes having Rock Brain is a positive trait!
( Snowflake Bentley comes to mind .)
To say good bye to Rock Brain and to demonstrate their understanding, each child was given a Rock Brain scenario with a character who was being defeated by Rock Brain.
They were asked to complete a planning worksheet, solve the problem with flexibility, write a simple script and practice it before making their own puppet shows.
The children completed their videos after developing their story line for a basic problem they could encounter on a GO chart. They were then asked to demonstrate their understanding of a rigid reaction and then show a flexible response to the same problem. A few children added Rock Brain an unthinkable that keeps us stuck none idea. For an explanation of this concept and the many activities we did before this project see here, here, here and here. Or just click on Flexibility category!
This is an ongoing focus in this class as we struggle with being flexible & problem solving. Enjoy their problem solving!
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I am passionate, a little bit quirky ( some may say a little bit more) and dedicated to serving children with Autism. These young people have touched me deeply and have made me a better teacher & hopefully person. I want to share what I have learned that allows these beautiful children to grow & sometimes thrive in my class.
I begin my 26th year of teaching this year! I teach in the Bay Area and live in the beautiful redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. My sanctuary, place of reflection and daily sitting practice.
My hope is that this website/blog will help others understand and see children with Autism as talented unique thinkers who can and will contribute to our world and anyone who knows them in positive ways.