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Size of the Problem

#9 in Our Series of 10 Core Concepts

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Size of the Problem

Math is not the only activity that requires problem solving; we’re constantly problem solving socially when communicating with others, working in groups, doing homework, self-regulating, etc. Along the way, we encounter problems of different sizes that can cause negative emotions. We teach that it’s expected to match the size of our reaction to the size of the problem (though this concept should be taught differently to different ages). For example, small problems warrant small reactions or none at all—however, this often requires emotional regulation—and that is easier said than done! In fact, some kids and adults get stuck focusing on their negative emotions instead of solving the problem—which can cause even more problems. Join Michelle Garcia Winner as she cracks open problem solving and emotional responses and shares developmentally based strategies to help individuals navigate it all. Plus, discover which Social Thinking materials will help you teach social problem solving across the ages!


After watching this webinar, infuse your teaching with these lessons over the next month to help your students understand them deeply and meaningfully (avoid memorization). Then, tune in to our final webinar in the 10 Concepts series for best practices to teach sharing an imagination!


The 10 Concepts Webinar Series

This webinar is part of a series that shares best practices for teaching 10 core Social Thinking concepts over 10 months. Strengthen your students’ social-emotional learning by infusing your teaching with an additional concept each month over the course of the school year. We recommend learning about (and teaching) the concepts in order as they build on one another! If a date below has already passed, the webinar recording is available here for you to watch!


  1. Aug. 29, 2018: Thoughts & Feelings
  2. Sept. 18, 2018: Thinking with Your Eyes
  3. Oct. 10, 2018: The Group Plan
  4. Nov. 12, 2018: Is Your Body in the Group?
  5. Dec. 11, 2018: Whole Body Listening
  6. Jan. 23, 2019: Expected & Unexpected Behavior
  7. Feb. 7, 2019: Smart Guess
  8. Mar. 13, 2019: Flexible & Stuck Thinking
  9. Apr. 10, 2019: Size of the Problem
  10. May 7, 2019: Sharing an Imagination
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