Social Skills Videos:
Finally, to teach social skills in Spanish class, I have created six musical videos sung in Spanish to demonstrate these skills. The first is how to treat a new student in class. It includes offering to escort the new student to his or her next class, offering to eat lunch together, sharing recent classwork, and welcoming them to the class.
The second is how to write an email to a teacher, reminding students to use querido, atentamente, por favor, gracias and their names.
The third is the most important, asking if now is a good time before just talking at the teacher with different requests.
The fourth is the expected behavior with random partners and working with other students and the fifth is how to congratulate someone. The sixth is a catchy song that tells your students you are not their dictionary. It is a playful reminder to look up the words they should know rather than just rely on the teacher to be their dictionary.
Using direct instruction of these social skills has improved my happiness in the classroom and reduced my sense of ‘burn-out’ ; I used to be annoyed that so many students were learning their social skills from apps and not from interaction with caring adults.
Here are snippets – they are copyrighted so only a sliver is shown. Please read below to see how all net proceeds go to support three Venezuelan families.