For all children to learn and succeed & works toward meaningful employment, relationships and life , we need some often neglected learning opportunities in our rush for academic success, inclusion and data driven results in our educational settings and daily life.
'Educators, parents and policymakers who recognize that the core SEL competencies are necessary for effective life functioning also know these skills can be taught. Extensive research demonstrates that school-based SEL programs can promote and enhance students’ connection to school, positive behavior and academic achievement. ' CASEL
Here are 2 articles from the Greater Good Website that talk about this subject.. just click it!
Is Social Emotional Learning just a Luxury?
Social Emotional & Mindfulness
( a powerful integration)
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.