Teaching Child Communication Skills

Question Cards
Situation: 

What do you do with a student who continually asks questions unrelated to the topic being discussed? When they are not allowed to ask off topic questions they become upset or angry.

Visible But Unreachable
Situation: 
I can’t get my student to request something without providing a verbal prompt or model. He is so dependent on me and waits until I ask him to talk.
Resolve or Report
Situation: 

I have some students who continually get into arguments or fights. Many times I don’t know who did what. I don’t like to give consequences without having enough information and they of course blame each other. Do you have any suggestions?

Choice Board
Situation: 

How do I get a student to tell me what it is he wants?

Need Help Eraser
Situation: 

I have a student with behavioral challenges who refuses to ask for help when he gets stuck on a problem. I am his regular education teacher but there is an aide in the classroom to assist him. I don’t think he wants to stand out from his peers or “look stupid”. Eventually he gets frustrated, then we see behavior problems that disrupt the class. Any ideas?

Accentuate the Positive: School-Home Communication
Situation: 

There’s a student in my class who tends to focus only on the “bad” things that happened during the day. She then goes home and becomes upset as she relives the negatives with her mother. Is there anything I can do to help her see that there are many positives in the school day?

Visual Recipes: A Way to Increase Participation in Cooking Classes
Situation: 

I’m a Middle School FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) teacher and I have a student with special needs in my class of 20 general education students.  She’s not disruptive, but she also doesn’t participate very much.  How can I help her get more out of my cooking classes?

Joint Book Reading: With Parent
Situation: 

My daughter has delayed language skills and I am looking for a fun language activity that we can do at home in the evenings. She is at school all day so by the time she gets home, she is pretty exhausted and really doesn’t want to do more work!

Clipboard Surveys
Situation: 

I have some students in my kindergarten classroom diagnosed with autism. They don’t seem to know the names of their classmates, or really talk to many of the other children. Is there something I could do to increase interactions with their classmates?

Structured Choice for De-Escalating Behavior
Situation: 

What can I do when my student wants to keep playing & cries because it is time to go home?