Hiedi France, Ed.D., is a school psychologist and author who has devoted her career to helping children succeed. She is also the founder of Behavior Savers which makes easy to use social emotional resources for educators, therapists, and parents.
Teaching Social Skills in the classroom can be challenging. This series helps educators to not just talk about social skills but TEACH them. We will cover the important things to cover and the materials you can use to accomplish the lessons. We promise…easy to use and easy to teach!
Let’s face it…waiting is hard. For some students it can be torture. I get it. How can you teach waiting to the students who might need it the most? There are several components to teaching waiting. I will cover the basics here and give you some recommendations for teaching your students.
Recognizing the Feeling. This is essential to understanding how they are feeling. For some students impatience comes out as anger. They want what they want and they want it now. Helping your student to identify and say, “I don’t want to wait” or “I am feeling impatient” can be a great first step in learning. If students don’t identify the feeling, they can often just deflect the feeling on the other person. Such statements as, “You don’t want me to do it” or “You don’t like me” are just deflecting how they are feeling. Help your student to identify and name the feeling.
Give Options. Have several options that students can do while they need to wait. Here are some ideas:
Early finisher tasks can be a great way to help students who get finished first.
Movement opportunities during waiting in line can help active students.
Brain games to keep them occupied
Teach and practice the waiting options. Have visuals ready for younger students. There are several ways you can teach. See the links below for helpful resources for you to do this.
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