Tag: Social Skills

  • Random Acts of Kindness: Maria Dismondy Guest Post

    Random Acts of Kindness: Maria Dismondy Guest Post

    *Updated* Random Acts of Kindness or RAKs are a great activity to support social-emotional learning in the classroom. I’ve found that when kids are busy trying to find nice things to do for others, they spend less time some of the friendship problems that seem to crop up in elementary school. Picture books are a great way to…

  • Relational Aggression: How to End the On-Again-Off-Again Friendship Cycle

    Relational Aggression: How to End the On-Again-Off-Again Friendship Cycle

    Welcome to the 4th installment of my blog series on relational aggression. If you missed the first post and want to start at the beginning, you can find it here. In an earlier post, I mentioned that relational aggression can occur between close friends. This type of bullying can be confusing for children to understand. Why…

  • Tone of Voice Lesson with Taylor Swift & I Prevail

    Tone of voice goes a LOOOONG way in communication. Unfortunately many children and teens have a hard time understanding that how you say something is just as important (if not more) than what you say. Teaching kids how to identify tone of voice and how it can be perceived by others is not easy. For…

  • Kindness Activity Pack + a Freebie

    I’m excited to share my latest project: Kind Kinds. You can check it out in my TPT store here or by clicking on the images below Kind Kids Activity Pack   Contents: Friend-a-Grams (4 designs)* Thank You Notes (3 designs)* Encouragement Cards (2 designs)* Acts of Kindness Tally Sheet Acts of Kindness Brainstorming Sheet Certificate…

  • Response to Intervention: The Ultimate Social Skills Checklist

    Response to Intervention: The Ultimate Social Skills Checklist

    I have learned (the hard way) that not all social skill deficits are one & the same. In an effort to save time, I tried to have grade level social skills groups. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but once my groups got underway it became pretty clear that the children in…

  • 4 Great Books About Manners

    4 Great Books About Manners

    Using books about manners is a fantastic way to help children and adolescents develop and maintain appropriate social skills. Books about manners can be used to introduce different types of manners, establish expectations, and discuss appropriate/inappropriate behavior(s). Here are a few of my favorite books about manners: Manners by Aliki Why I like this book about manners: I really…

  • Bullying: A New Series About Relational Aggression

    Bullying: A New Series About Relational Aggression

    It’s right after lunch and you hear a knock on your door…there’s a group of girls outside office wanting to talk to you about a “friendship problem”. After talking with them you find out that their problem should be filed under “bullying” instead of “friendship”. Maybe you don’t work in a school setting, maybe you…

  • The Bandaid Chicken: Bystanders Can Beat Bullying Lesson Plan Ideas

    The Bandaid Chicken: Bystanders Can Beat Bullying Lesson Plan Ideas

    The Band-Aid Chicken is one of my all-time favorite books to use when I visit my 2nd grade classrooms for my bullying presentations. The story is a tale of a chicken that had the courage to stand up to others and end the cycle of picking on one another. Students love to hear about the…