Happy Spring! I’m hoping you’ve received some spring weather wherever this finds you! We’re still not so patiently waiting for spring in the Northeast. We’ve definitely had our share of April showers (and snow) and are more than ready for some sunshine. We’re hoping you find our latest batch of video lessons useful as the end of the year approaches!
Social Skills in Action
Following Classroom Discussions – Video lessons give us the opportunity to go into student’s heads and use their inner monologue as teaching tools. In this video, we watch the main character and hear his inner thoughts during a class discussion. The first time around he isn’t paying attention. The second time around he learns that he’s better off following along with the discussion and trying to answer questions and pay attention even when he isn’t called on. This helps us drive home the point of what should be going on inside a student’s head during group discussions and why it’s important to stay focused even if we aren’t directly asking or answering questions.
Staring at People – So many people have asked us for videos on the topic of relationships and interacting with the opposite sex so we created this video as an introduction into this skill area. This video models a high school boy who shows his interest in girls by staring at them. I love using video modeling to really depict the behavior and its consequences clearly. In a session we can talk about what staring is, the difference between eye contact and when it’s turning into staring, but it’s great to be able to actually see it in a video. I’m hoping this will be really useful for your middle and high school students!
Reading People’s Mood – This video is all about a new concept – Reading People’s Moods. We introduce this skill with an animation of one person scanning or observing another person to tell how they’re feeling. We teach that we need to know how someone is feeling before we can decide which actions to take. Students see what happens when we ignore those cues and keep talking about something that is clearly making another student upset. This lesson would be a great time to work on perspective taking by asking a student how they would feel if someone else kept asking them about a topic that upsets them, or even role playing this scenario!
Reading the Room – Changing Behavior – Our newest Activity shows students who need to change or adapt their behavior to fit the current situation. We show three scenes and ask your students to select the best action for each scenario. As always, when we read the room we teach students to observe who is there, what is happening, what objects people have and are needed, and what time it is. These steps help determine how to best adjust your behavior to fit any scenario!
Feeling Bored – This modeling lesson teaches what to do when you’re bored. We all get bored sometimes but what we do in these moments matters. If we’re in school or talking to someone we shouldn’t outwardly be showing how bored we are. I wrote the accompanying worksheet to highlight and ask students when are times you feel bored, where can you act bored, and what should you do if you get bored in school. This way they can focus on the appropriate actions for different places and know what to do in those times of boredom instead of acting out inappropriately.
Hope you enjoy! Talk soon – Britt