In the spirit of Red-Green-Learning's teaching model and educational focus, the Colorful Questions Cards along with the suggested activities help students learn how to tell more interesting and creative stories, as well as become great listeners. The activities on the instruction sheet break down the conversation skills into smaller component parts. I encourage educators and therapists to stick with each activity until fluency is reached before moving on to the next activity. The goal is not to attempt ALL activities, but rather to help the student internalize each skill individually until he or she can use all of them fluently with peers even without the assistance of the cards.
This activity can be extended for use with teaching creative writing, particularly for students who have difficulty coming up with ideas to share in their writing.
Originally, I used this technique to help students with Autism and other developmental delays learn conversation skills. When used with students in regular ed schools who have mild social difficulties, they learn these same skills much quicker.
At Red-Green-Learning, one of the important skills we teach students with social challenges is to initiate, maintain, and seamlessly end conversations. The Colorful Question Cards make this set of skills attainable.
These conversation skills help student develop and maintain friendships, as students need conversation skills in order to cement their friendships over time.