February 13, 2018
What are Relationship Skills?
Relationship skills are an important component of Social Emotional Learning. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), relationship skills pertain to “the ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups.” To demonstrate appropriate relationship skills, students must learn to:
Why Teach Relationship Skills?
Given the receptive and expressive difficulties experienced by many students with language-based learning differences, relationship skills can be complex to learn, develop, and practice. Relationship skills are the foundation for appropriate engagement with peers and mentors. Because these skills are all interdependent and build on each other, it is important that instruction follows a systematic approach.
How Does This Connect to Landmark’s Teaching Principles™?
In order for students to fully develop and use their relationship skills, it is necessary that educators ensure automatization through practice and review, which is Landmark’s fourth teaching principle. By working with students to hone these skills repetitively, educators can simulate a multitude of situations where they can learn, practice, and refine their relationship skills. It is especially important that educators review skills in a deliberate manner and practice them consistently with students to provide appropriate feedback and give students areas for improvement. For the full text of Landmark Teaching Principles™, including “Ensure Automatization Through Practice and Review,” click here.
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