Glassman is our first unthinkable of this school year. He tends to have BIG reactions to small problems. Understanding Glassman takes several skills we practice and teach explicitly.
One idea is the size of the problem found here . Problems come in three sizes in room 15- small, medium and BIG problems.
The children participated in several lessons from watching several short clips on BIG reactions to small problems, determining if a reaction was small or big. They tend to think every reaction was big and we spent some time determining the size of the problem before figuring out the size of the reaction. This too will be an ongoing focus in class and on the playground.
We spent several class sessions to watch a fun series of short cartoons called Shaun the Sheep. These are short non verbal clay animated stories with excellent facial and visual cues to stop and discuss. Each child made a their own Glassman and as the cartoon was stopped they would decide if the reaction was a BIG reaction to a BIG problem or a BIG reaction to a small problem. This was tricky but fun. They also completed their own reaction worksheet.
We then went to play two games that can bring out the Gassman in all of us.. Aggravation and Uno. There were many opportunities to notice, discuss & facilitate strategies to use to defeat Gassman. Our wonderful SLP had many meltdowns and the children were more than happy to help her out with ways to calm down.
Very cute and powerful learning experience.
BIG problem or small problem Glassman?
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