We begin the year reading a book together about teamwork from a book titled The Group Plan from the series The Incredible Flexible You curriculum.
This book with its' clear pictures and text teaches the difference between a group plan and our own plan. Basically, when one person from the group followed their own plan the group could not accomplish their goal.
Once we completed the book we built a GO chart what others would see or hear if they walked into a room where children were working in teams with a group plan.
The teachers and students then built a robot tower demonstrating a group plan or their own plan.
Working together on a group plan was practiced in small groups playing board games where teamwork was required to complete the game. This will remain a focus area of practice and common language all year.
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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.