School is off to a good start, but as a teacher I always want to know how the kiddos feel about each other. I can usually identify and have a feeling of the class dynamics, but am I right?
For many years I have done a class Sociogram Lesson.
I start out the lesson by reading books. Lately my books of choice are No, David and David Goes to School by David Shannon. These books are great because they are high interest and the kiddos recognize all David’s troubles.
Once we are done talking and reading the books, we make a chart about David. We don’t list the negative behavior, but how to make it positive.
We have post-it notes with positive comments on the chart
It’s Time to Think about the David Chart
After we are finished with the chart I ask the kids, are you like David in the story or are you like the kind words on the chart?
I make a grid sheet with all the kiddos picture on the sheet
We talk about what a friend looks like.
I ask the kiddos to circle 5 kids in the class that are NOT like David, but are kind, positive, friendly,etc.
They take a grid, go to their special spot in the the room.
Write their name at the top and circle with a red crayon 5 friends they like, and is a very good friend to others in the classroom.
They may not circle their own picture.
I also tell them this is private and who we circle and should not talk about who they circled.
How do I use the Data?
I tally the circle heads on a sheet
Circling 5 kiddos is a good number to use and gives me good information on relationships in the classroom.
I put the individual data sheet in each child’s conference folder. It’s a piece we discuss during the conference
My Part in the Sociogram as a Teacher
The information and data I gathered from the sociogram is crucial in helping the kiddos in my class feel good, and make sure they feel a part of the group. How can I improve the relationship of the students in the class that did not receive a high score…
Integrating in students in groups
Set up situations that are positive
This is an activity I do four times a year. The information and data the sociogram identifies becomes important with some kiddos in getting outside staff to help the student in the classroom and it becomes a very good intervention. We assess kids constantly in our districts, state, and nation, but this is a simple assessment that gives information on relationships, self confidence, and self worth.
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