A Super Detective!
As we enter into 2016, the Junior class will begin diving deeper into SuperFlex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum. This program was designed to help students develop an awareness for their own thinking, social behaviours as well as learn strategies that can help develop better self-regulation. It’s fun, interactive and an incredibly hands-on way for students to learn to identify the social cues that are surrounding them. What I love the most about this program is the interactive app that can be downloaded to supplement the material learned. The Junior class is a huge fan of using technology and so far, we’ve had great success with the first part of the SuperFlex series — learning to be a Social Detective. In the Social Detective App, students are given a variety of different videos – some showing expected behaviour and others, unexpected behaviour. Students are then asked to use their Social Detective tools to decide whether the behaviour is expected or unexpected. As the students progress through each level, the scenarios given become less obvious and challenge students to look even closer for the social cues present. At the end of each level, students are rewarded a special tool for their Social Detective Tool Kit! In addition to the app, we also practice whole body listening. This means using every part of our body to listen to the person who is talking. By doing whole body listening, students are actively using their eyes, ears and brain to do what is expected such as listening, thinking about what is being said and responding appropriately. Throughout the day, students are rewarded for doing whole body listening as well as reminded that when listen with our whole body, it makes the other person feel good and this is expected! Although we have only just started the SuperFlex program, I’m happy to report that all of the students are enjoying the program and are always eager to participate. As we progress further, I’ll continue to let you know where we’re at and what tools we may be using.