Flexible & Stuck Thinking

#8 in Our Series of 10 Core Concepts

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Flexible & Stuck Thinking

Flexible thinking is essential in the social world. Many things we do every day require it: interpreting what others are saying and doing, understanding humor, learning in a classroom, working with others, being an effective employee, etc. The first step to becoming more flexible is developing awareness of our own and others’ stuck thinking. Join Michelle Garcia Winner for strategies to help individuals develop more flexible thinking and learn how our Superflex curriculum is part of this journey. Plus, discover which Social Thinking materials will help you teach this concept across different age groups!

After watching this webinar, infuse your teaching with the concept over the next month to help your students understand it deeply and meaningfully (avoid memorization). Then, tune in to the next webinar to learn how to build on this concept with best practices for teaching the concept size of the problem!

The 10 Concepts Webinar Series

This webinar is part of a series that shares best practices for teaching 10 core concepts from the Social Thinking Methodology. Strengthen your students’ social-emotional learning by infusing your teaching with these concepts over the course of the school year. Each concept should be taught slowly for one month or longer—it takes time for students to deeply understand the ideas and begin using them in their lives. We recommend learning about (and teaching) the concepts in order as they build on one another. View all the webinars in the 10 Concepts series within our larger webinar library.

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