Complimenting Visual

Wanna hear a dirty little secret from my classroom? I prompt my kids to compliment me. I know. I sound vain. And as much as I love hearing endless compliments about my new purple sweater from 14 year old boys, as always, there is method to the madness. And don’t worry – the compliments aren’t just for me. I prompt them to compliment everyone. Because honestly, what is a better social skill to fast track to friendship than a compliment? Haven’t you ever been at a party where you don’t know to many people and before you collapse into awkwardness, you beeline for the chica in the cutest pair of stilettos and dish a few niceties? Come on. We’ve all been there. So I’m teaching my kids to butt kiss… just a bit.

I love this visual for a lot of reasons – because my nonverbal students can use it, because it incorporates color identification, because it involves clothes vocabulary, and it’s moveable!

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I put this in my students binder and we use it as structured social interaction during morning group each day. On the first half the page the student will pick a classmate or teacher to compliment (see I’m fair!). Then they need to identify the colors of the person’s clothing:

 

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(don’t worry – this was a setup – I wasn’t wearing an orange shirt and pink pants…)

Then they take off the velcro conversation strip and hand it to the person. This is wear we can squeeze in as much social skill building as my preteen divas can handle. We work on finding the person (because the person they choose may be somewhere else in the room), appropriately interrupting the person, looking towards the person, (if they have verbal skills) saying the compliment out load, etc.

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The whole process is super cute, I must say. I love my little darlings complimenting each other. Happy Sunday Friends – and I think you all look nice today 😉

 

19 Comments

  1. do you by chance have a copy you care to share or post to TpT 🙂

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  2. I really love this idea and template.

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  3. Love this idea! Do you use clear or white velcro? Do you know a good place to buy it in bulk? Thanks for all of your great ideas!

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  4. I use white velcro – usually get it through donorschoose through enasco!

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  5. The best price I’ve found for velcro is https://buyhookandloop.com/. About $30 bucks for 25 yards of sticky back hook and loop velcro. Donors Choose is a great idea — I never thought of that!

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  6. Thanks for the comments on the Velcro! Do any of you own any of the Beyond Boardmaker CDs?

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  7. I do not actually! I don’t know too much about them – saw your post about the awesome sale! I will ask around and see if anyone knows anything about them 🙂

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  8. What a great deal!

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  9. I love this idea. It would be awesome if you’d post the material as a downloadable freebie. Thanks so much for sharing all your ideas. This is really inspiring!

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  10. Is this available anywhere?

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  11. No – I should post it though! Give me a week or two and I will get it posted!

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  12. Such a GREAT idea!! Thanks!

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  13. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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  14. I tried looking for this on TPT but wasn’t able to locate it. Is it available for purchase?

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  15. Still been on my to-do list! Yikes! Will try and finish it up this week so everyone can have it for back to school!

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  16. Super excited to put it in action. Thank you.

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  17. Enjoy 🙂

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