Teaching Social Skills in Schools

We need to teach social skills to our students to deal with personal emotional states

LIFE SKILLS

PUPINDER SINGH BALI

We live in a competitive world and being globally connected, we need to understand and experience diverse culture of our state. We would need to determine whether every child in our state is ready to contribute in a competitive and interconnected world in the current education system of J&K.
Experts feel that the focus on the mastery of CORE Subjects has to be supplemented with relevant social and life skills such as: effective communication, collaboration and team building, creativity and innovations. Social skills are critical for survival in today's world. They are a combination of the ability to understand and manage one's own emotional state as well as understand and respond to other people.
Our Students need to know how to manage oneself by identifying emotions and scenarios and developing ways to deal with personal emotional states.
Interpersonal Social Skills:
As said earlier, the ability to understand other's emotional states, wants and needs is critical not only for the success of our schools, but also in life, as life demands constant interaction with diverse people across cultures, both at personal and professional levels. Our teachers can use tools like team building, initiating interactions and sharing both by project methods and in classroom situations, Inter-personal skills are sometimes also referred to as people skills or communication skills. Active listening, response, delegation and leadership are core components of interpersonal skills. Some other are active listening, praising, staying on tasks, helping others, etc.
Steps to Teach Social Skills in our Schools:
1. A Teacher first needs to demonstrate through videos or stories, a few examples/case studies, highlighting the sufferings of individuals lacking social skills. A teacher could get students to brainstorm lists of social skills and guide them on how to acquire these.
2. While teaching social skills, it is best to focus on just one skill at a time. A teacher can choose the skill by herself or let her class decide which skill they would need to work on first. Depending upon time and resources, the teacher might have to work on a different skill each week, highlighting these on the bulletin board.
3. It is not enough to say, "Be nice!" A teacher has to help students identify exactly what they need to do and say in order to improve the identified social skills. The teacher can make a laminated poster for her bulletin board and write the social skills in the box at the top. Then the teacher should ask students to talk about their possible actions and when they would need to demonstrate these skills.
 4. After the discussion on the nature of the skills and how they can be demonstrated, a teacher should provide an opportunity to practice these skills, through cooperative learning activities.
5. At the end of the activity, the teacher should get the class to reflect on how well the Social skills were used.
More than half of J&K population is younger than the age of 25 and the entry of this group into the working population over the next few decades is expected to spur our state economic growth. But this will be possible only if the youth are employable; if not, the situation will lead to wide social unrest
(Pupinder S Bali is Sr.Regional Manager-North-Educational Initiatives Pvt Ltd)

Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST




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Teaching Social Skills in Schools

We need to teach social skills to our students to deal with personal emotional states

LIFE SKILLS

PUPINDER SINGH BALI

We live in a competitive world and being globally connected, we need to understand and experience diverse culture of our state. We would need to determine whether every child in our state is ready to contribute More



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