Reflection: Routines and Procedures Day One of Plaid Pete Discovers What's Living - Section 4: Reflection & Closure

 

There seems to be more and more students every year who struggle with managing the complex academic and social environments that today's rigorous classrooms demand.  They come to us with social skills, coping skills, and self help skills that are inadequate for the tasks we present them.  

We get a choice - we can either teach the skills that are deficient, or pass the problem along to someone else.  Unfortunately, just like our students - the problems they have get bigger as their bodies get bigger.  One of the most important things I know I can do as a teacher is to teach my students to use language in ways that will help them to solve problems and to negotiate understandings with others, so that interactions do not continually lead to conflict and struggle.  Part of that means keeping my eyes open for opportunities.

In this Video Clip these students are struggling because they have different ideas about how to formulate their response.  By insisting that they discuss their ideas and "share the pen," I have put these students in a situation where they must work together.  In situations such as these, deficits in language and social skills put some students at a disadvantage.  The threat of being unable to successfully complete a task can then lead to conflict and classroom disruption.  The easy alternative would be to allow each student to express their own idea, and on some days, that would be the best alternative.  However, I also know that it is a golden opportunity to work on some of those skills in a real-world context.  Given enough of these opportunities strung together, students with deficient skills can learn to be independent.

  Routines and Procedures: Supporting Independence in Students Who Struggle Socially or Behaviorally
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Day One of Plaid Pete Discovers What's Living

Unit 2: Plaid Pete Discovers What Matters in Ecosystems
Lesson 2 of 20

Objective: SWBAT name the 7 characteristics shared by all living things.

Big Idea: What are the characteristics that are shared by all living things? Students participate in a guided exploration using observation charts to learn about what it means to be "living."

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