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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

M & M's- Purpose of the Statement Activity

M&M Game - 
During social skills, each person gets 10 M&M's. If they see or hear someone that uses "get attention" or "hear themselves talk" (or a chosen purpose), they get to take an M&M from that person. At the end of social skills, they can eat what they have collected. 
Your teachers (We team teach social skills so their are two of us.) might have a lot or candy, or kids might catch their teachers using not as good of purposes and get all of their candy.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Purpose of the Statement Tracking Sheet

This month we are working on increasing the awareness of the purposes of statements in our social skills class. This is important for them to better understand others' intents or purposes and also to better understand their own patterns in purposes of statements. We talk about more effective purposes and purposes that are sometimes more self-serving such as "hearing yourself talk" or to "show off knowledge" or "seeking attention".
We started off by demonstrating different statements and talking about what the students thought might be the purpose of those statements. Then we brainstormed on some more purposes and came up with a list of them. Then we divided the purposes up and had them make individual sheets giving examples of each purpose to create a Purpose Quilt on our wall. After that we had the students find comics either in a newspaper or on the internet and label each of the dialogue boxes with a purpose of the statements.
Now we are asking the kids to label the statements within our class time. They will have to graph their own statements on this sheet so that we can look for patterns and talk about how that might affect others' opinions about them.

Click here for a copy of the tracking tool. 
Click here for a copy of a dialogue that you could practice labeling purposes of the statements. 

Purpose of the Statement Quilt

We are working on Purpose of the Statement this month. 

It is important for students to not only understand their purposes of their statements, but to also understand others' purposes of their statements. Then they need to go further into their understanding to begin to figure out whether their purpose is effective and/or how does it affect others' opinion of them?

In this activity, the students divided up the purposes of the sentences and then created pages with the the purpose of the statement and at least four examples of statements that demonstrate this purpose. Then we put the pages up to create a Purpose Quilt. 

Click here for a data sheet to keep track of their purposes of the statements. This also provides the students with a sheet of purposes of the statements. 
Initially, we demonstrated purposes and brainstormed on purposes of statements.

Purpose of the Statement- Comics

Click here for an example of the comic activity. I also put a couple of comics at the end of it that we went over as a class before they did their own.

This month we are working on purpose of the statements. This was a fun activity for the kids! They cut out a comic from the newspapers, number the dialogue pieces, and then label each dialogue with a purpose of the statement.

Click here for a data sheet, which also provides the class with a list of purposes.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Paraprofessional Week- survival kit idea

Paraprofessionals' Week in Minnesota is coming up at the end of this month. We LOVE our paras in our building! They are the best! We give them treats every day of the week in our building. Here is an idea for this year. Treat your paras with kindness; they work with the students that are often the most challenging.