February 5, 2019
February 5, 2019
Dear Parents/ Guardians,
I hope that everyone enjoyed that nice little break we had due to the snow days! Kindergarten and first grade have been SUPER learners in my classroom guidance lessons!
I have introduced the Superflex characters to kindergarten and first grade. They are really on a roll with learning all of the new characters. Superflex, is a Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum that is a fun and motivating way to teach students good social skills. Good social skills can be defined as considering other people and “adapting efficiently in each context.” To do this we have to read the hidden social rules in each social situation and then regulate our physical presence, eyes, language, emotions, and reactions. This cognitive behavioral curriculum helps students develop further awareness of their own thinking and social behaviors and learn strategies to help them develop better self-regulation across a range of behaviors.
Social thinking is the process by which we interpret the thoughts, beliefs, intentions, emotions, knowledge and actions of another person along with the context of the situation to understand that person’s experience. Social thinking allows us to interpret the deeper meaning behind what others do in the world, and (if the situation calls for it) prompts us with how to respond. A person’s social thinking ability has a considerable effect on his or her relationships and success in school and at work. It affects the person’s social skills, perspective taking, self-awareness, self-regulation, critical thinking, social problem solving, play skills, reading comprehension, written expression, ability to learn and work in a group, organizational skills, etc. We practice social thinking all day long, in typical social interactions (like conversations) and in a wide variety of other contexts. Essentially, we use social thinking whenever we think about the perspective of another person.
I have introduced the concepts of Superflex and the Team of Unthinkables through a series of lessons. We start by talking about what our brain is expected to do socially (Superflex) and then the thoughts that challenge our brains from doing our best (the Unthinkables). Each month the students will learn about a different Superflex character and how they will take on one of the Unthinkables.
To learn more about social thinking and the Superflex characters click the link below.