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December 13, 2023

Building Class Culture with Social Skills Goals

Improve classroom behaviors by embedding social skill-building activities within daily lessons. In this video, watch as students focus on a social goal—respect—as they work through their group history lesson. Students are presented with the goal at the beginning of the lesson and then given an opportunity to discuss it: what does respect look like and what does it sound like? They are encouraged to demonstrate respect for others as they work through their academic content.

At the end of the lesson, each group scores and discusses their social performance together and with the class. This gives students an opportunity to reflect on their behaviors, expand their understanding of the concept, and affirm their learning. When teachers and students focus on social skills in meaningful and consistent ways, strong communities are formed.

Reflection Question:
What is the relationship between building social skills and classroom management?
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