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ERIC Number: EJ875428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1553-9318
A "Tools for Teachers" Approach for Infusing Social Skills Instruction into Daily Teaching Activities
Leffert, James S.; Brady, Mary E.; Siperstein, Gary N.
TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, v6 n2 Article 6 Dec 2009
Students participate in a "social community" of learners. For children with learning problems, mastering the skills needed to actively participate in this community can be a challenge. How can teachers find time to provide social skills instruction, given the pressures to teach academic subjects first and foremost? This article shows school personnel ways to infuse social skills instruction into their existing instructional activities throughout the school day by: (1) Integrating social skills and academic instruction; (2) Amplifying the impact of pre-planned instruction through impromptu responses to naturally occurring social skills problems; and (3) Adding a social skills dimension to the classroom environment and routines. This article introduces and illustrates use of the Social Skills Tools for Teachers, a suite of instructional planning aids available on the web at Findings presented show that school personnel have successfully utilized the tools to infuse social skills instruction into daily teaching activities. (Contains 1 figure and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A