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on September 6, 2013


What a happy day!  It was great getting back together with more of the lunch buddies groups.  Did I mention that there are nine social skills groups that meet each week?

As the new year begins, I must look at where we have been and where we want to go.  The students need to stretch their flexible brains and learn new concepts related to social thinking skills.  One such concept is being a Social Detective.  A Social Detective uses his/her eyes, ears, and brain to make smart social guesses and investigates clues to see how others’ emotions and responses are connected to their own behavior.

You are a Social Detective is an interactive CD that teaches students to understand others’ expected and unexpected behaviors, make smart guesses, understand others’ comfortable and uncomfortable thoughts, and use social behavior mapping.


You are a Social Detective is a Social Skill Builder product developed in collaboration with Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke , and based on their book You are a Social Detective.   Go to or for more information.


It got the lunch buddies seal of approval!

The third grade group that met today needed to review the Unthinkables that we learned about last year.  The team of Unthinkables are part of the Superflex : A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum created by Stephanie Madrigal and Michelle Garcia Winner.  Go to for more information.  The Unthinkables try to use their powers over our brains to get us to  over-react or not be a flexible thinker.  There are strategies to defeat the Unthinkables, we just need to practice them.

Hedbanz has always been a favorite game in lunch buddies.  When I found the idea for Unthinkables Hedbanz at, I was so excited to try it.


I printed out pictures of the Unthinkables and laminated them.  I also printed out sample questions on a cue card.  We all had a blast.  Just as I thought…they needed to review.


“What is the strategy for defeating this Unthinkable?”, asked Ian.

Tomorrow, Mrs. Neer and I start our co-teaching experience.  Can’t wait.

My Best,


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