This post originally appeared on the blog Literacy Without Worksheets.
Some of my groups are a little challenging in terms of behaviors. I have found that choosing the right social skill based on needs of the group has greatly helped my sanity. Sometimes we stay on the same learning target for longer than a week. We also revisit the learning targets, if needed. For example, one of groups was on, “I will ask before I take something that doesn’t belong to me” for a month! Possibly the closeness of a small group made things more challenging, but this group couldn’t keep their hands off of other students’ supplies (and mine). I cannot tell you how many times I said, “What’s our learning target?” and “What do we do when we want to use someone’s supplies?” I probably said this 100 times in a week (not exaggerating).
Some of the learning targets have been:
I will use my words when someone makes me mad.
I will use my manners.
I will keep my hands to myself.
I will ask permission before I take something that doesn’t belong to me.
I will count to five and take a deep breath before I respond.
Recently, my principal did a walkthrough during this group. I was so proud of them. She couldn’t believe how focused and on-task they were. I realize that it was the end of the year, but they have come such a long way!!! Incorporating social skills learning targets made a difference. Even though I wanted to give up after the first week, I’m glad I persevered!
My two favorite authors for teaching about social skills in the classroom are Mo Willems and Julia Cook. They are great at making social skills concepts enjoyable for students. I love how Mo Williems’ books subliminally spread a message of good manners and being a good friend! Julia Cook has a book for every social skill needed 🙂
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Literacy Without Worksheets has been teaching for 10 years and has been a TpT Teacher-Author since 2012. Her experience includes K-5 special education, literacy intervention, and instructional coaching. In addition, she teaches a graduate class on emerging literacy. “Working in a school is the most satisfying career I could have. I am able to observe the professional growth of teachers and see how the instructional strategies we implement benefit students.” Her hobbies include reading, running, and traveling. You can find her teaching tips on her blog, at Instagram, and on Facebook.