Teaching kids expected behaviors is an important aspect of their development. Social skills for kids and important for them to learn. Navigating expected unexpected behavior is a great way to teach important social skill behaviors, especially in a small group. These printable task cards and workbook will help your children or students avoid unexpected behaviors in any social situation.
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There are many ways to help kids develop good social behavior ettiquette; like using a video clip, modeling behaviors in class, social scenarios and more!
It’s a great way to have kids reflect on their own behaviors and these are essential skills for social emotional learning in the classroom and beyond.
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When children learn how to behave appropriately in different situations, they are more likely to succeed in school, build positive relationships with peers and adults, and develop a sense of responsibility and self-discipline.
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As teachers and parents, it is our responsibility to teach children the skills they need to exhibit appropriate behaviors. In this blog post, we will discuss some effective strategies for teaching expected behaviors to kids.
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The full printable unit covers some great social expectations like personal space, staying on task, being cooperative, team work and more!
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Some of the themes covered in this bundle also include unspoken rules in a social world.
This is a great resource to have on hand for when you need quick ways to develop kids’ social behaviors in a fun and interactive way.
One of the main activities included in this bundle are these task cards.
It’s a great idea to have these cards laminated and stored in your classroom ready for use when you need them. Kids will choose whether the behavior shown on the card is expected or unexpected.
You can use pegs to help them show their responses.
This in turn will also bring up fun conversations where kids will show their understanding about each of the behaviors shown.
It will also develop perspective taking and at the end of the day develop their sense of belonging as part of the group.
You want to decrease attention-seeking behaviors and develop positive behaviors and this printable workbook below will do just that!
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These printables are perfect for when you need preschoolers, special needs or kinders to work on these skills.
The workbook pages are easy to master and understand. You can differentiate these to help students understand what to do next.
More ways to teach these expectations:
Set clear expectations: The first step to teaching kids expected behaviors is to set clear expectations.
This involves defining what behaviors are expected of children in different situations, such as in the classroom, during playtime, and at home.
Clear expectations help children understand what is expected of them and give them a sense of direction.
Be sure to communicate these expectations in a way that is age-appropriate and easy to understand.
Model good behavior: Children learn by example, and therefore it is essential to model good behavior.
Teachers and parents should demonstrate expected behaviors consistently in front of children.
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For example, if you want children to be polite and respectful, be sure to use polite language and show respect to others.
Children are more likely to adopt behaviors that they see modeled by adults.
Reinforce positive behaviors: When children exhibit expected behaviors, it is important to acknowledge and reinforce these behaviors.
Praise children for their positive behavior, and let them know that their behavior is appreciated.
For example, if a child is sharing with others, praise them for being kind and generous. This positive reinforcement encourages children to continue exhibiting the expected behavior.
Use consistent consequences: When children exhibit unexpected behaviors, it is important to use consistent consequences.
This means that the consequences for breaking the rules should be the same every time. For example, if a child is not following directions, they might lose a privilege.
Consistent consequences help children understand the importance of following rules and the consequences of breaking them.
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Use positive language: When teaching expected behaviors, it is important to use positive language.
Instead of telling children what not to do, focus on what they should do. For example, instead of saying, “Don’t run,” say, “Please walk.” This positive language encourages children to focus on the expected behavior instead of the negative behavior.
Involve children in creating expectations: Children are more likely to follow the rules when they have a say in creating them.
Teachers and parents can involve children in creating expectations by asking for their input on what behaviors are important to them.
This approach can help children take ownership of their behavior and feel more invested in following the rules.
In conclusion, teaching expected behaviors is an essential aspect of children’s development.
By setting clear expectations, modeling good behavior, reinforcing positive behaviors, using consistent consequences, using positive language, and involving children in creating expectations, teachers and parents can help children develop the skills they need to behave appropriately in different situations.
With these strategies in place, children are more likely to succeed in school, build positive relationships with peers and adults, and develop a sense of responsibility and self-discipline.
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