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The children sorted a set of problems in their small groups and then posted them to the large GO chart to be displayed in the room as a reminder and further discussion. They were asked to share their thinking and reasoning about why they chose the problem size. Voting occurred if they could not agree as a group. We can easily go to extreme reactions ( a small mosquito bite could give you malaria for example ;-).
This led to an excellent discussion about GLASSMAN. Glassman is an unthinkable who makes us have BIG reactions to small problems. More on this pesky unthinkable later!
Problems come in various sizes . How we respond to them depends on the type of problem. We can solve a small problem by ourselves or with a friend quickly. We need an adult to help us solve a medium size problem & it could take a day or two. A BIG problem requires many people and takes many days or weeks to solve.
Welcome to my Classroom!
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.