My 6th graders from last year came to visit me in my class. They are now high schoolers and loving their new status. I asked one girl what it was like and she said, "well, it's fun, but I feel like a first grader!" They have finally found their place! My class continues to be wonderful, and my autistic student's assistant, Mr. Gabriel, joined our class today.
There is still a lot of work to do in planning and training this group to think like I think, and act like I want them to act. But I know this year will be completly different than last year, we are off to a great start!