Teaching Strategies to Encourage Social Success

Success in social situations is of paramount importance in both home and classroom situations. If a child is lacking in, say, resolving conflicts or actively listening, it will no doubt negatively affect his or her ability to assimilate in higher grades, or in a college or career situation.

With that in mind, today on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, who is also a seasoned educator in Upstate New York, takes a look at some home and school activities that can help boost a child’s social capabilities.

She begins with a lost of what social skills to work on:

  • Accepting differences
  • Actively participating
  • Organizing materials
  • Taking turns
  • And more!

Janelle emphasizes the importance of rehashing social skills lessons afterward, and sums up her article thusly:

“By teaching social skills to children both inside of the classroom and outside, we are increasing the chances for successful appropriate interaction among students. This will help to maximize our teaching time, as well as encourage students to use these skills at home.”

How do you teach social skills to your students? Do you have any tips or activities that you would like to share?

Restorative Justice in School Discipline

Since the invention of schools, teachers and administrators everywhere have employed the same procedures for all classroom infractions: A kid who threatened a teacher or got into a fight would basically receive the same discipline as a student with multiple tardies, for example (detentions, in-school suspensions, ultimately expulsion).

But a newer approach to school discipline called restorative justice could is revolutionizing the way teachers and administrators handle punishment. Rather than only administering punishment, restorative justice is based more on talking and listening than on delivering consequences. The technique brings together those who have caused and experienced harm and providing all parties with equal attention.

Frequent TeachHUB.com contributor Jordan Catapano enlightens readers on restorative justice, in a must-read guaranteed to make you rethink your disciplinary approach.

What is your school’s approach to restorative justice? What are the impacts that a restorative justice mentality has had on your school?