Are you looking for creative ways to:
~ Build a positive classroom community?
~ Teach Social Skills?
~ Get to know your students?
~ All in one project?
If you are, this may be the perfect project for you! Teaching social skills helps create a safe, caring community where each students is valued, appreciated, and listened to.
Fill a bag of your own, your students will love learning about you and this gives you an opportunity to model sharing and to teach the 4 L's for listeners and the QCC for listeners. I use a timer for the sharing 3-5 minutes – depending on your schedule and your students' stamina for listening. Set some time aside for this activity every day with maybe four or five students sharing each day. Encourage good listening by reminding your students of the 4 L's for listeners and that you will be choosing students who show active listening to share next. (This is especially effective in the beginning, before most of the class has shared.)
What are the listeners doing?
During Sharing: 4 L's for Listeners
2) Listen to the speaker.
3) Lean toward the speaker.
4) Look interested.
After Sharing: QCC time!
Speaker answers questions.
Questioner: ‘Thank you.”
Speaker:”You are welcome.”
Listeners share their connections.
Speaker acknowledges the connections in some positive way, such as: “That is so cool!, “Wow”, That is amazing!”
Speaker says, “Thank you,” after each compliment.