As we prepare for Rock Brain (our next Unthinkable) we need to teach a set of complex ideas. You see Rock Brain is a very rigid thinker and wants things done a very specific way. He doesn't like things to be unexpected and likes to control everything and everyone!
So what is flexible & rigid thinking? Before we can move there we need to learn the difference in more concrete terms.
We start this by carefully examining a rock and a piece of putty. They are asked to examine the properties of each and as a group list what they notice on a simple worksheet. With guided questions we help them notice key properties. Can you stretch it? Can it change shape? etc.
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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.