Big Idea #1: “Especially when learning content area skills, children need to know what we’re thinking as we model these skills.” (p. 123)
#2: “Model only positive behaviors.” (p. 146)
#3: “Social Skills have to be explicitly taught and practiced in a variety of situations.” (p.130)
Connection #1: Explicit modeling and teaching is very important to keep in mind when working with kids and wanting them to understand a concept. I remember one teacher who modeled this perfectly for me at El Toyon and how the kids demonstrated that they understood what she was expecting from them in any given assignment. This works well with students who are ELs, have IEPs and who need extra explanation.
Connection #2: When I read the section about only modeling the positive behaviors, I thought about the many times I purposely modeled the bad behaviors in order to contrast the appropriate ones. I did this partly for entertainment reasons and also to point out how ridiculous it looks/appears. Now that I read this commentary about how important it is to demonstrate only the positive, I can see why. Bringing attention to negative behavior is not good or helpful. Also, students will catch on who has these bad behaviors even if they are not any one person’s behaviors. This could be more destructive than helpful.
Question: How can you teach assertiveness to children in responding to teachers or adults along with being respectful?