Wow, this month has seriously flown by!  We have been super busy working on perspective taking in social group.  The kids have been practicing "putting themselves in others' shoes" through various scenarios and videos.  I love seeing them practice such great social thinking!

In Lunch Bunch, we discussed doing kind things for others during the holiday season.  We made a super adorable bulletin board in C pod.  If you haven't gotten a chance to see it, click here and scroll down to "We Can Light Up the World With Kindness!" to learn more.

As we roll into Winter Break, I hope you enjoy some time off with your sweet children.  In light of recent events, I know that I have been holding my baby extra close and getting in as many cuddles as possible.  I've also been reflecting a lot on the hardships of parenting, teaching and life in general.  It can be very easy to get wrapped up in the stress and frustration of life.  In the past few days, I have been really focusing on being thankful for every moment, good and bad, with my students as well as my own child.  As I cleaned yogurt off my kitchen wall, I reminded myself to be thankful I can have that experience because so many do not have that anymore.  When my toddler had a meltdown in the grocery store, I tried to remind myself that I am lucky to be on this emotional roller coaster with him because many had that taken from them in the blink of an eye.
  If you start to feel inevitable feelings of frustration, take a deep breath, remember that every moment is precious, and be grateful for all experiences.  I know it's much easier said than done, but that's my goal!  I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful Winter Break full of love, laughter and precious moments with your families.  Love, Angela Cardenas    
12/30/2012 05:52:08

I would like to know more about ur lesson that looks like a time line, where the students place sticky notes from not a problem to major problem.

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1/15/2013 03:51:35

Hi Heather! Thank you for your interest in my website. For the problem solving scale, students generate various problems on the sticky notes. Then, we discuss the problems and what "size" we think they are and we plot them on the scale. Then, we discuss that our reactions to problems should match the size. I connect it to Glassman in the Superflex curriculum to work on not overreacting to small problems. Throughout the year, we add problems to the scale as they arise to help us process the different issues. If you have any more questions, let me know. Thanks!

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