Classroom Social Skills

  • Accepting Criticism or a Consequence

    • Look at the person.
    • Say "Okay."
    • Stay calm.

    Greeting Others

    • Look at the person.
    • Use a pleasant voice.
    • Say "Hi" or "Hello."

    Asking for Help

    • Look at the person.
    • Ask the person if they have time to help you.
    • Clearly explain the kind of help that you need.
    • Thank the person for helping

    Asking Permission

    • Look at the person.
    • Use a calm and pleasant voice.
    • Say "May I . . ."
    • Accept the answer calmly.

    Appropriate Voice Tone

    • Listen to the level of the voices around you.
    • Change your voice to match.
    • Watch and listen for visual or verbal cues, and adjust your voice as needed.

    Sharing Something

    • Let the other person use the item first
    • Ask if you can use it later.
    • When you get to use it, offer it back to the other person after you have used it.

    Disagreeing Appropriately

    • Look at the person.
    • Use a pleasant voice.
    • Tell why you feel differently.
    • Give a reason.
    • Listen to the other person.

    Accepting "No" for an Answer

    • Look at the person.
    • Say "Okay."
    • Stay calm.
    • If you disagree, ask later.

    Getting the Teacher's Attention

    • Look at the teacher.
    • Raise your hand and stay calm.
    • Wait until the teacher says your name.
    • Ask your question.

    Following Instructions

    • Look at the person.
    • Say "Okay."
    • Do what you have been asked right away.
    • Check back.

    Staying on Task

    • Look at your task or assignment.
    • Think about the steps needed to complete the task.
    • Focus all of your attention on the task.
    • Stop working only when instructed.
    • Ignore distractions and interruptions from others.


    • Look at the person who is talking and remain quiet.
    • Wait until the person is through talking before you speak.
    • Show that you heard the person by nodding your head, saying "Okay," "That's interesting," etc.

    Having a Conversation

    • Look at the person.
    • Use a pleasant voice.
    • Listen to what the other person says.
    • When there is a break in the conversation, ask a question or share your thoughts.

    Working with Others

    • Identify the task to be completed. Assign tasks to each person.
    • Discuss ideas in a calm, quiet voice, and let everyone share their ideas.
    • Work on tasks until completed.

    Making an Apology

    • Look at the person.
    • Use a serious, sincere voice.
    • Say "I'm sorry for . . ." or "I want to apologize for . . ."
    • Explain how you plan to do better in the future.
    • Say "Thanks for listening."

    Accepting Compliments

    • Look at the person.
    • Use a pleasant voice.
    • Say "Thank you."