While my class has always been one that collaborates from day one, I still wanted to have a teaching moment about speaking and listening goals. I wanted a teaching tool. I wanted to have something tangible I could assess too.
I had to teach my kiddos that your speaking voice can change the outcome of what happens. People are willing to help you if your tone is a nice one. If you are rude and tell people what to do, well, your friends may not want to do so much for you.
I still have one friend who has a hard time with his tone, and finding his manners. I ask him to find his manners in his backpack if he wants to talk to me :)
While listening to the kids, I realized that they are always talking about their friends. When you ask them about their weekend, they talk about their friends, so... this came to life!
I have a created a product with discussion cards about friendship. You can find it HERE.
Let me show you how we did this in our classroom.
We started by making a big circle in the middle of our classroom. I posted a question about being a nice friend.
We then had a small group of brave girls who wanted to share what a great discussion looked like. The rest of us paid close attention to everything they did.
I gave the kids a small piece of paper (included in my product) where they recorded what they saw.
After we reviewed what a great conversation looks and sounds like, we divided the class by tables (4 kids per group). They received a friendship card and discuss it agreeing, and respectfully disagreeing while sharing their thoughts.
We tried a few cards and then the kids went back to their now mini circles, to discuss once again,
and record their final thoughts. They used a checklist to check off what they observed during their small group discussions.
While they recorded their final conclusions I snapped a picture of this glorious moment. Do you see them working together??!!! A dream come true :)
Is this something you think you can use? I am choosing two friends to get this tomorrow. Help me by pinnning it and leaving your pin and e-mail address.
Happy discussion time!