Social/Emotional Skill Instruction
The advantages of developing cohesive learning communities in the classroom are numerous, thus the goal of all teachers (HLP for General Educators #1-3, 5, & 7-10 and HLP in Special Education #7 & 9). However, questions related to how to build a strong, emotionally safe environment conducive to learning and maintaining a supportive culture remain unanswered for many. Social/emotional skills instruction and community-building strategies are central to creating a respectful classroom culture.
During this session, three easy-to-use, research-based programs and a brief overview of the research will be discussed:
• The Talking Together Program focuses on teaching important social/emotional skills and concepts that help students feel supported, connected, and engaged in learning.
• The SCORE Skills Strategy provides a set of fundamental skills for cooperative groups and enables students to work together pleasantly and productively.
• The Socially Wise Program provides computer-based instruction in skills that are basic to communication and are typical