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Teaching the Social Skills of Academic Interaction, Grades 4-12: Step-by-Step Lessons for Respect, Responsibility, and Results

by Harvey 'Smokey' Daniels and Nancy Steineke Corwin Press
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Spb 248 pages
AU$82.00 NZ$84.35
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NEWS FLASH: A major meta-analysis of 213 studies showed an average 11 percent gain in academic performance for kids receiving explicit social-academic learning instruction. Turns out this and ldquo;soft stuff and rdquo; about creating a culture of respect and rapport yields hard and fast gains, and that and rsquo;s no surprise to collaboration and ldquo;gurus and rdquo; Harvey and ldquo;Smokey and rdquo; Daniels and Nancy Steineke. Now, these authors share a yearlong plan for helping you build powerful and binding peer-to-peer interactions. The added bonus: Your kids will meet speaking and listening standards, while you score better on classroom-engagement rubrics. Teaching the Social Skills of Academic Interaction taps the instructional power of slides, full-color illustrations, and super succinct directions to teach both the language and the behaviors of working effectively with others. These 35 lessons take your kids on a carefully paced upward spiral of collaboration, with explicit coaching on how to speak, listen, argue, persuade and mdash;and get along. Here and rsquo;s the best part: You model and your students practice these social skills with the content of your curriculum, not in disconnected add-on exercises. For each lesson, there are six to 25 slides that focus on one vital academic-social skill; step-by-step teaching tips are in the lie-flat planning book. The sequence looks mostly like this: The first slides introduce the skill and mdash;like being a good partner or arguing both sides of a controversial topic and mdash;then explain its value. The next slides help model the skill in action, using whatever curricular topic you happen to be teaching. Now, kids and rsquo; active thinking is invited as you co-create strategies to enhance use of the target social-academic skill. Additional slides help kids practice the skill using your curricular content as you monitor and support. Lessons end with a debriefing to solidify new understandings. Any way you look at Teaching the Social Skills of Academic Interaction, it and rsquo;s a win-win. Your students realize better engagement in curriculum topics, higher performance, and social skills to last a lifetime. That and rsquo;s really college and career ready! And our schools become safer harbors, where students know one another, respect one another, and learn together. Longtime collaborators themselves, HARVEY and ldquo;SMOKEY and rdquo; DANIELS and NANCY STEINEKE have written six books together and are regular co-presenters at all the major literacy conferences. Both are former public school teachers who now work as national consultants, helping schools and districts to create friendly, supportive, and collaborative climates for young people.

Part I. Social-Academic Skills: The Missing Link
Chapter 1. The Problem and the Opportunity
Social-Emotional Learning and Academic Engagement
What's Been Missing in School Reform
Why We Must Teach Social-Academic Skills Now
How to Address These Problems and Seize the Opportunities
All Social Skills Programs Are Not Alike
Our Theory of Action
Chapter 2. Theory and Research on Social-Academic Skills Training
Research Base
Starting With a Partner
Building a Community of Acquaintance
Building a Community of Respect, Inclusion, and Gratefulness
Taking Personal Responsibility
Teaching Interpersonal Skills Explicitly
Stages of Learning Social Skills
Positive Interdependence
Reflection and Celebration
The Bottom Line
Chapter 3. How to Use This Resource
A Guide to the Slides
Structure of the Lessons
Order of the Lessons
The Tips
Assessment and Grading
Trouble-Shooting Questions
Part II. Lessons for Building Social-Academic Skills
Chapter 4. Getting Acquainted
Lesson 1. Forming Partners
Lesson 2. Interviewing Your Partner
Lesson 3. Home Court Advantage
Lesson 4. Friendliness and Support
Lesson 5. Classroom Climate Posters
Chapter 5. Building Collaboration Skills
Lesson 6. Quiet Signal
Lesson 7. Using Quiet Voices
Lesson 8. Asking Follow-Up Questions
Lesson 9. Think-Pair-Share
Lesson 10. Good Partner Traits
Chapter 6. Advanced Partner Work
Lesson 11. Active Listening
Lesson 12. Extending Conversation
Lesson 13. Expanding Acquaintance With an Appointment Clock
Lesson 14. Mingle Jigsaw
Chapter 7. Moving Into Small Groups
Lesson 15. Group Membership Grid Interviews
Lesson 16. Sharing the Air
Lesson 17. Saving the Last Word
Lesson 18. Write-Arounds
Lesson 19. Gallery Walk
Chapter 8. Ongoing Discussion Groups
Lesson 20. Establishing Group Ground Rules
Lesson 21. Overcoming Off-Task Triggers
Lesson 22. Goal Setting for Group Improvement
Lesson 23. Reinforcing Collaboration With Table Cards
Lesson 24. Compliment Cards
Chapter 9. Arguing Agreeably
Lesson 25. Text Nuggets: Finding Evidence
Lesson 26. Human Continuum
Lesson 27. Where Do You Stand?
Lesson 28. Hearing Everyone's Ideas First
Lesson 29. Arguing Both Sides
Lesson 30. Civilized Disagreement
Chapter 10. Small-Group Projects
Lesson 31. Developing an Assessment Rubric
Lesson 32. Planning Group Projects
Lesson 33. Keeping Individual Project Logs
Lesson 34. Midcourse Corrections
Lesson 35. Being an Attentive Audience Member
Appointment Clock
Membership Grid
Group Meeting Procedures
Thin-Crust Cheese Pizza Rubric
Project Rubric
Group Work Plan Form
Individual Group Member Work Plan Form
References and Further Readings
About the Artist

“Group work no longer begins and ends in the classroom—it’s a reality—a life skill. My favorite part about the book is that it works with whatever content you’re teaching. The lessons are focused on the students’ interactions while the content of the work is reflective of what is happening in the classroom. So it’s not ‘another’ thing to do on your already long list of things to teach. Clever and creative, this is a valuable resource for teachers of all disciplines.”

The author or coauthor of 18 books for teachers, Harvey Daniels, also known as aSmokey,a has been a professor, researcher, consultant, and teacher coach over his 43-year career. These days, he serves as a conference speaker, school district consultant, and demonstration teacher in schools around the U.S. and Canada. In 2012, Smokey was presented with the NCTE Exemplary Leader Award. See Smokey reveal his best-kept secret to Ellin Keene.