Social Stories for Calling Out in Class

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Calling out in class can be a frustrating behavior for teachers to deal with. This lesson offers social stories focused on preventing your students from calling out.

Using Social Stories for Calling Out

As a teacher, you want your students to be enthusiastic about school and learning, but it can be extremely frustrating when this kind of enthusiasm leads them to call out in class. Calling out can be distracting, can spiral into chaos or catalyze other misbehavior, and can prevent giving all students in the class enough time to think through what they want to say. Using social stories, or excerpts of scripted, predetermined language from an imaginary student's point of view, is one method for helping students learn other ways to handle the feelings and impulses that might otherwise lead to calling out.

Calling Out During a Group Lesson or Meeting

My teacher loves to bring our class together to teach us new things and ask us questions. We call these times group lessons or meetings. During group lessons and meetings, we all sit together at our meeting spot and pay attention to what our teacher is asking us. We are supposed to raise our hand if we want to answer her, make a comment, or ask a question of our own.

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