NEWS FLASH: A major meta-analysis of 213 studies showed an average 11 percent gain in academic performance for kids receiving explicit social-academic learning instruction.
Turns out this “soft stuff” about creating a culture of respect and rapport yields hard and fast gains, and that’s no surprise to collaboration “gurus” Harvey “Smokey” Daniels and Nancy Steineke. Now, these authors share a yearlong plan for helping you build powerful and binding peer-to-peer interactions. The added bonus: Your kids will meet speaking and listening standards, while you score better on classroom-engagement rubrics.
Teaching the Social Skills of Academic Interaction taps the instructional power of slides, full-color illustrations, and super succinct directions to teach both the language and the behaviors of working effectively with others. These 35 lessons take your kids on a carefully paced upward spiral of collaboration, with explicit coaching on how to speak, listen, argue, persuade—and get along. Here’s the best part: You model and your students practice these social skills with the content of your curriculum, not in disconnected add-on exercises.
For each lesson, there are six to 25 slides that focus on one vital academic-social skill; step-by-step teaching tips are in the lie-flat planning book. The sequence looks mostly like this:
- The first slides introduce the skill—like being a good partner or arguing both sides of a controversial topic—then explain its value.
- The next slides help model the skill in action, using whatever curricular topic you happen to be teaching.
- Now, kids’ active thinking is invited as you co-create strategies to enhance use of the target social-academic skill.
- Additional slides help kids practice the skill using your curricular content as you monitor and support.
- Lessons end with a debriefing to solidify new understandings.
Any way you look at Teaching the Social Skills of Academic Interaction, it’s a win-win. Your students realize better engagement in curriculum topics, higher performance, and social skills to last a lifetime. That’s really college and career ready! And our schools become safer harbors, where students know one another, respect one another, and learn together.
Longtime collaborators themselves, HARVEY “SMOKEY” DANIELS and NANCY STEINEKE have written six books together and are regular co-presenters at all the major literacy conferences. Both are former public school teachers who now work as national consultants, helping schools and districts to create friendly, supportive, and collaborative climates for young people.
For an author-led walk-through of Teaching the Social Skills of Academic Interaction, visit https://www.brainshark.com/corwinpress/teachingsocialskills.
|Social-Emotional Learning and Academic Engagement|
|What's Been Missing in School Reform|
|Why We Must Teach Social-Academic Skills Now|
|How to Address These Problems and Seize the Opportunities|
|All Social Skills Programs Are Not Alike|
|Our Theory of Action|
|Starting With a Partner|
|Building a Community of Acquaintance|
|Building a Community of Respect, Inclusion, and Gratefulness|
|Taking Personal Responsibility|
|Teaching Interpersonal Skills Explicitly|
|Stages of Learning Social Skills|
|Reflection and Celebration|
|The Bottom Line|
|A Guide to the Slides|
|Structure of the Lessons|
|Order of the Lessons|
|Assessment and Grading|
|Lesson 1. Forming Partners|
|Lesson 2. Interviewing Your Partner|
|Lesson 3. Home Court Advantage|
|Lesson 4. Friendliness and Support|
|Lesson 5. Classroom Climate Posters|
|Lesson 6. Quiet Signal|
|Lesson 7. Using Quiet Voices|
|Lesson 8. Asking Follow-Up Questions|
|Lesson 9. Think-Pair-Share|
|Lesson 10. Good Partner Traits|
|Lesson 11. Active Listening|
|Lesson 12. Extending Conversation|
|Lesson 13. Expanding Acquaintance With an Appointment Clock|
|Lesson 14. Mingle Jigsaw|
|Lesson 15. Group Membership Grid Interviews|
|Lesson 16. Sharing the Air|
|Lesson 17. Saving the Last Word|
|Lesson 18. Write-Arounds|
|Lesson 19. Gallery Walk|
|Lesson 20. Establishing Group Ground Rules|
|Lesson 21. Overcoming Off-Task Triggers|
|Lesson 22. Goal Setting for Group Improvement|
|Lesson 23. Reinforcing Collaboration With Table Cards|
|Lesson 24. Compliment Cards|
|Lesson 25. Text Nuggets: Finding Evidence|
|Lesson 26. Human Continuum|
|Lesson 27. Where Do You Stand?|
|Lesson 28. Hearing Everyone's Ideas First|
|Lesson 29. Arguing Both Sides|
|Lesson 30. Civilized Disagreement|
|Lesson 31. Developing an Assessment Rubric|
|Lesson 32. Planning Group Projects|
|Lesson 33. Keeping Individual Project Logs|
|Lesson 34. Midcourse Corrections|
|Lesson 35. Being an Attentive Audience Member|
|Group Meeting Procedures|
|Thin-Crust Cheese Pizza Rubric|
|Group Work Plan Form|
|Individual Group Member Work Plan Form|