Rules are different than “expected behaviors”. Expected behaviors are words and behaviors that we choose depending on the context of the situation.
I introduced this concept to 7th grade group this week.
Improving social skills is not about learning scripted, socially appropriate behaviors. It’s learning how to interpret the context of the situation, take the perspective of others and choose words/behaviors that are expected within the context of a situation.
Frequently, I see “expected behaviors” used incorrectly in schools. It’s about teaching perspective within the context of the situation, not being punitive.
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