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Consulting in Maui!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Garbage Can Phrases Versus Recycling Phrases

See worksheet package link below! :-)

This week our middle schools took part in a two hour inservice that clicked with me. It was a speaker from the Top Twenty Training. 
We ordered their books and their curriculum binder 
and are excitedly awaiting its arrival! 
I highly recommend checking out their materials. The two hour workshop went by very quickly, especially for a Monday! 
My co-worker and I came back and asked ourselves how could we implement some of the teaching with our students in our DCD (developmental cognitive disability) group. I have the honor of team teaching with Stef in the social skills class every day with this great group of kids! 
One thing that we noticed though was that our students had gotten into some repetitive statements that were not helping them move forward. They were getting them stuck in the red, as we say in our social skills class. Refer back to our Shutting Down post. 
So I called them "garbage phrases", meaning phrases that we just wanted to throw out into the garbage and not reuse them. Statements such as, "This is too hard" or "I don't want to" or "I can't".  
Well that is usually how it starts with phrase and a new lesson is born! 
So....we talked with the group about GARBAGE PHRASES and RECYCLING PHRASES. These are phrases that we want to put into the recycling bin and use again. 
Then we got the kids to talk about how we could replace some of the garbage phrases with recycling phrases so that they wouldn't get stuck but would be able to move on! 
To start with, the kids did NOT like being called on these phrases. Change is difficult! Eventually though, they got to the point where most of them could recognize them and call each other on them. 

Message me if you ever are unable to open these links and I will send you the sheets. I can also send you the word doc so you can change it to meet your needs. 

They made their own "recycle phrase" buckets today out of Cascade tab boxes. 

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