This week almost all of the kids took one or both sections of the MAP test in reading and math. I spent a lot of time in the computer lab assisting and watching the kids during these testing opportunities. They really focused well and took their time. The MAP measures the kids compared to themselves in the fall (or winter for K) to spring and asks if kids made their expected growth. For group this week we had a few days of game day to work on the usual skills and some free choice to balance out the testing. The K kids played on GoNoodle again, dancing and moving to music. The free choice with the 1/2 group provided some teachable moments pertaining to control and who might want to be in charge. They learned that while it feels good to be in control and tell others what to do, to be on the receiving end is not as fun!! These were good moments to pause and reflect to think outside of ourselves. Perspective taking sure is hard for younger kids! Especially when this area is delayed for our kids. This coming week we will be continuing some of the testing, but will be focusing on being flexible and rigid (part of Superflex) and using the habit of Synergy.
Megan McQuillan is the lower elementary teacher in the ASD program