Social Thinking: Working with All Students


Session Description

Social thinking is something we do every day, any time we are around other people.  You need social thinking to understand what others are thinking about you, to take someone else’s perspective, and to engage as part of a group. It’s up to us to teach our students how to THINK SOCIAL. Come to this session to learn some strategies to help teach socially acceptable behavior in your classroom! 

Learner Outcomes
By the end of the sessions participants will know / be able to:  
  1. Learn strategies that teach social problem solving can be used immediately in the classroom
  2. Distinguish the difference between Expected and Unexpected behaviors 

Activity 1: Whole Body Listening  

  • 2 diagrams (younger kids, older kids)
  • Discuss eyes, shoulders and hips show what you are thinking about
  • “Body in the group”, “Eyes on your teacher” (unwritten rule)
Activity 2: Expected vs. Unexpected Social Behavior Mapping 
  • Expectations change across settings and as we age (ex. Apologizing, texting, appropriate humor) 
  • Unwritten rules (cartoon), Going out to lunch example
  • Making annoying noises in the classroom, loud coughing
  • “Social Filter” example (commenting on strange gait)
Activity 3: The Incredible 5 Point Scale, Size of the Problem
  • Traffic example
  • Losing a game 

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