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Social Skills - Task Analyzed
Role-playing activities are the BEST way to teach social skills.
The students LOVE to get up and perform and they love to watch you do it, too!
EXPERTS in our field say that you SHOULD NOT have the students practice the WRONG way of doing the skills! Have one of the teachers demonstrate the wrong way. You could incorporate student input by getting their suggestions on what the wrong way is.
This is where the teachers get to have some fun!
It is also a GREAT way for the teachers to practice giving positive feedback for compliant behavior and supportive feedback for non-compliant behavior.
It is NOT EASY to give supportive feedback sometimes when the student is "working our last nerve," and although we are supposed to be equipped to be immune to allowing that to happen - it happens.
Think about how HELPFUL it can be to practice responding to inappropriate behavior when it is done in a non-threatening role-playing activity!
It is SO much easier for me to say the "right" thing to Susie Q. when we are role playing and no emotions are actually involved.
You can even "mess-up" (or have NO IDEA what to say) with no worries!
Start to laugh and ask your students what they would say to someone who behaved that way!
This practice is going to help me tremendously when the situation actually occurs!
Role-playing is easy to do! Pick a skill from above, read the steps aloud, provide an example, practice!