This activity is designed for middle school or high school students who struggle with social skills. Becoming aware of how what you do and say comes across to others is an important skill for students to discuss, learn, and practice attending to. This activity will get the conversation started and help students set goals for what THEY want to improve about themselves socially. It's important to discuss what others hope for in improving their social skills, but to help students actually see improvement and stay engaged with the learning process, it's key to set goals that the student wants to improve. For example, teachers and parents may want the student to talk more, but the student may be fine with not talking very much. The student should set a goal that they want to improve. This maximizes motivation and deepens understanding and helps with carryover. So instead of working on staying more engaged in conversations, the student may want to improve understanding sarcasm because they often have a hard time knowing if someone is being genuine, hurtful, or joking.
This packet has been updated to also include:
- 3 different graphic visuals to improve understanding and use of metacognition
1- Thinking about your own thinking
2- Thinking about what other people are thinking
3- Thinking about how other people are thinking about you
Each graphic visual comes with discussion prompting questions and examples for each.
Visuals are great to use in the classroom for future discussion.