The children were asked to form a circle with arms length distance apart. While maintaining that personal space, they were to walk around with a light piece of tissue paper on their heads. The game was simple in concept but hard in practice. The children would be called out if their tissue dropped or if they invaded another person's space bubble. A clapping pattern, directions to stop, turn around etc were given. Much laughter and few Space Invaders was observed. I then announced we were ready to line up with out bumping into each other . a goal we have been working on for some time. Lining up , walking down the hallways, standing in line, walking through doorways, sitting in a circle or at the table and more are all invitations for space invader to defeat us. But now we know!
The children then began creating their people and Space Invader with a large supply of materials for their up coming videos on Space Invader. ( Last week they created space invader stories where they would be using their characters )
They had fun! The creative process can be messy! Their ability to stick with changing their minds, trial and error, making mistakes etc. demonstrated flexibility and persistence. This was wonderful to see! It was a fun afternoon.
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.