I jumped at the chance to review this great app – Social Skill Builder – because I had been really feeling like I was lacking on my social skills instruction lately. Our classrooms are like a see saw that never finds perfect balance. You pile on the academic instruction and your social skills suffers. You add more life skill training and suddenly you aren’t pushing enough academics. It’s never ending and it’s freaking frustrating. So it was huge blessing to have the opportunity to find a way to add more social skills instruction and this app was the perfect answer!
I love this app for a lot of reasons but the main one is the age appropriateness factor. It can be really challenging to find age appropriate material for my preteens. This app has age appropriate models, situations, and language!
There are options for different environments which coordinate with age ranges:
Within each environment, there are real life video clips portraying common situations. (note age appropriate peers!!)
Following the video clip, there are a few multiple choice questions regard the situation. Questions hit on problem solving, friendships, understanding emotions, and critical thinking.
There are many other videos within the school age, preschool, and community sections:
After my giddy excitement over this app – my mind was racing with ways to utilize this within my classroom. I decide to increase and maintain some effective social skills instruction that I will be using one of this videos twice a week at the start of my reading lesson. We might alternate the app with some other social skills activities and start each reading group with a social skill focus. I think this will be great way to transition into our reading frame of mind. Check out this great app and see all the potential it has for your classroom!