RESPOND APPROPRIATELY TO SITUATIONS 5.26
Goal: To improve social-relationship skills
Objective(s): The student will respond appropriately to situations.
1. Stop and observe the situation.
2. Ask yourself "What is happening?"
3. Think about your choices.
a.) Should I join in?
b.) Should I ignore/walk away?
c.) Should I get help?
d.) Should I do something else?
4. Make a decision (consider the effect on others).
5. Act on decision.
Definition: Responding appropriately to situations is choosing appropriate behaviors and responses to different situations.
Rationale: Students generate a list of why it's important to respond appropriately to situations and what would happen if you do not respond appropriately.
• Discuss when it would be appropriate to walk away, join in, or get help.
• Tell students they will be learning about using humor appropriately.
• Illustrate how humor can sometimes hurt people's feelings and that different people respond differently to the same comment.
• Students distinguish between "safe" and "unsafe" humor. (Gajewski and Mayo, 1989 p. 247- 248) Watch soap operas/situation comedies and discuss appropriateness of response.
Model/Role-play with Feedback
• Scripted role-play of student using humor appropriately. (Gajewski and Mayo, 1989 p. 246)
• Describe one form of inappropriate humor - attention seeking.
• Students make a list of situations when humor would not be appropriate. Use for a role play.
• Role-playing situations used to demonstrate being able to laugh at yourself.
• Discuss what you do when you don't understand a joke or situation others find funny. (Gajewski and Mayo, 1989 p. 249-252)
Role play situations:
• You are with peers who want to go into a vacant house.
• You witness car accident.
• You see others teasing friend at recess.
• You smell smoke while family is sleeping.
• Your class has substitute teacher; others are goofing around.
• You are at a ballgame; everyone else stands up to cheer.
• You are at the class picnic; a game of softball gets started.
• Quiz. (Gajewski and Mayo, 1989 p. 253-254)
• Students write about four situations, one where they made each response:
1. join in
2. ignore/walk away
3. get help
4. joke about it
Application with Feedback
• Homework note to parents that describes skill. Asks parents to evaluate their child's ability to use humor appropriately through a role-play (example provided) or observation of their child performing the skill. (Gajewski and Mayo, 1989 p. 245)
• Home work note: Over one-week period, parent and student note situations where any of the four responses were used appropriately by student.