Mean Jean has a reputation for being... well mean along with so many other traits. These traits were listed on a white board for the children to look at all day.
It was not discussed until that afternoon. The children noticed the board and several made comments but the teachers did not comment. It is common for me to display something for a day or so and let the children wonder or think about it first. This particular lesson idea came from a wonderful website called Erase Meanness which I modified to work with our Unthinkable Mean Jean.
In the afternoon, the term 'reputation' was talked about after watching a short video on bullying. We defined reputation to mean 'How people think of or remember us based on our actions or words.' A reputation can be either positive or negative. Mean Jean's reputation is negative and gives people red thoughts.
As we gathered around the board I asked if any of the words were unfamiliar. I explained the words that the kids were unclear about.
I then switched out the word meanness for the thought bubble thinking, " How I want to be remembered." I had each child come up and erase one word and replace it with a word they want to be remembered by. This took two days . I was attempting to illustrate that changing or building a reputation takes time.
Once each child had taken their two turns erasing and writing , they were given a grid to write the traits or actions they would like to be remembered by. Once a teacher checked for understanding and spelling the children made their personal page which will be shared and posted for the next lesson.
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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.