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Arrowhead Elementary Para Educator’s “Unthinkable” characters selected for publication
Arrowhead Elementary School para educator Becky Fukuda’s “unthinkable” characters were chosen for publication in a new edition of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Superflex curriculum, “Social Town Citizens Discover 82 New Unthinkables.”
Superflex is the hero whose main power is being a flexible thinker.
“Unthinkables” are characters who embody behaviors that get in the way of good social skills.
Individuals submitted new ideas for unthinkable characters along with written descriptions of these invaders and ways to use Superflex thinking and strategies to defeat them.
Becky’s four unthinkable characters were among the 82 selected from 500 submissions. Her “unthinkables” were the Dark Defeatist, who comes around when a person is most vulnerable, often when attempting something challenging; Shurman Shirker, who convinces you to try and get away with doing the least amount of work possible; Attention-Eater, who makes you hungry for attention, oftentimes when someone else is getting attention; and Falsificator, who turns truths into falsehoods.
A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum is used in many special education classes in the Northshore School District. It teaches students with social and communication difficulties how to develop further awareness of their own thinking and social behaviors and to learn strategies to help them develop better self-regulation across a range of these behaviors.