This week we continued our reading and we voted for 2 books in our March brackets. As we go along I will take a picture of how the brackets look and show who is moving forward. We read the books, "The Way I Feel", "Moody Cow Meditates", and "Bear Feels Scared". Those books are read in group and then we vote on two (the reading started last week with "When Sophie Gets Angry..."). For each book I have been stopping on almost every page and using it as a way to retell the story, ask WH questions, and make connections to our own lives. Last week I introduced the concept of the Hidden Curriculum. Ann took this idea and made a new tab on our site under resources. The two videos we have watched about nose picking and farting are posted. Yes, we talked about both of those things at length. We laughed, we were unexpected and expected and role played different scenarios. The unwritten rules about both are that they can occur, but need to occur in private. Tuesday I was able to present to some general education teachers in the district about autism and strategies to use in the classroom. Friday I had a guest teacher as I went to the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children state conference in Grand Rapids. For those of you who remember Chris Rans, our former autism consultant, we presented alongside our MHS teacher for autism, Sabra Evans, about programming for students with autism at the various school levels. The keynote speaker was Temple Grandin, so we were pretty excited to have the opportunity to go. The kids had a great week and so did I!
Megan McQuillan is the lower elementary teacher in the ASD program