Research-Based Practical Strategies for Every Teacher In an age of information overload, do you ever wish you could find one resource that would allow you to quickly gain insight into a variety of cutting-edge practices in elementary education? You’re holding it at your fingertips. What Really Works in Elementary Education compiles the advice of experts who not only understand the research behind certain educational practices, but also have experience working in elementary classrooms. Each user-friendly chapter, focused on a topic vital to elementary educators, presents information in a straightforward way to help you learn what works – and what does not work – with students today. Whether you’re a new educator, or just seeking to build new skills, you’ll benefit from • Insight into a handful of innovative topics in instruction; including using technology, UDL, co-teaching, and assessment • Novel approaches to classroom management and strategies to engage students • Chapters focused on effective methods for teaching within content areas • Practical tips for reaching all learners; including ELLs, students with autism, and gifted students • Useful reproducibles and resources for every topic area Never before has so much valuable information been presented so simply and effectively in one resource. Are you ready to focus on what works best?
Chapter 19: Superb Social Skills Instruction
Superb Social Skills Instruction
What Really Works in Social Skills in the Elementary Classroom
Strategies for Children With Social Challenges
School is a great place to make friends—children meet in classrooms, play or hang out during recess, eat together at lunch, or chit-chat after school. Unstructured social environments allow children to identify common interests, form peer groups, and work through disagreements (Spencer, Bowker, Rubin, Booth-LaForce, & Laursen, 2013). Making friends comes naturally to many children. Other children, however, have a difficult time making friends. What happens to the 8-year-old who still doesn’t know how to ask someone to play? Lacking social competence, they do not know what to do during unstructured times at school. Consequently, children with social ...