The social skills of listening, sharing, and saying “sorry” are important for students to learn at a young age. Here are some discussion ideas that can be used to teach these social skills.
Social Skill: Listening
Step One: Look at the person who is talking.
Point out to students that sometimes others may think someone is not listening, even though they have heard every word that was said.
This is a way to show someone that you are really listening.
Step Two: Think about what is being said.
Emphasize to the students that it is important to sit facing each other. As well, a reminder to the students that this should be a serious environment, one that is conducive to active listening. In other words, refraining from being silly or distracted by fidgeting when the person is talking.
Step Three: Say yes or nod your head.
Emphasize that both verbal and nonverbal messages are important to show that a person is listening.
Step Four: Ask a question to find out more.
Discuss what some relevant questions could be in a given conversation. Emphasize that these questions should not be changing the topic.