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    What is SOCIAL THINKING

    As an ongoing focus of making our school a place of acceptance and learning, we continue to strive to teach all students how to work well with others and to treat others with respect.  One way for children to do both is to understand the impact of social skills in all aspects of our lives.

    Being a "Social Thinker" is about thinking how our actions affect others and knowing that we change what others think about us by changing our behavior.  This is a powerful tool for kids.  I introduce the vocabulary below and use these terms throughout the year in groups and some classes.  I want to share them with you, so you can reinforce these skills at home.

    When all students learn to use the concepts introduced, they will increase their ability to work in group settings at school.  However, these skills apply to all people in any type of group, so they are skills students can use with their families and well into adulthood.

    Thanks for all you do to help your students succeed at school!

    Key Terms

    BLUE THOUGHTS

    Thoughts we have about others that make us feel happy, calm, and comfortable
    RED THOUGHTS Thoughts we have about others that make us feel anxious, angry, sad, or uncomfortable
    Doing what is EXPECTED Following the rules for any given situation; people have BLUE thoughts about us when we do what is expected
    Doing what is UNEXPECTED Not following the rules for any given situation; people have RED thoughts about us when we do things that are unexpected
    WHOLE BODY LISTENING Listening with your brain, eyes, ears, heart... every part of your body
    KEEPING YOUR BODY IN THE GROUP We face our bodies (eyes, faces, arms, legs) toward the group to show we are a part of the group
    KEEPING YOUR BRAIN IN THE GROUP We keep our thoughts on what is going on in our group to show we are a part of the group