Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving (SDM/SPS)

Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving (SDM/SPS)
A Curriculum for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
Grades 2-3
Elementary
8.5x11
Pages: 
448
ISBN: 
978-0-87822-512-5
Item Number:
6565
Price:$39.95
Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving (SDM/SPS): A Curriculum for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

Overview

Developed over three decades of implementation in a wide range of schools, this research-validated curriculum focuses on teaching students to be reflective, nonimpulsive, and responsible decision makers and problem solvers—while emphasizing essential literacy skills. It is ideal for classroom use and can be adapted for small-group settings.

The program uses a variety of cooperative learning methods, including small-group brainstorming, problem-solving, and role-playing activities. Students learn skills such as self-control, listening, respectful communication, giving and receiving help, and working cooperatively and fairly in groups. The manual and accompanying CD include numerous reproducible worksheets.

SDM/SPS influences student behavior, academic learning, and social and emotional life. It promotes a multicultural perspective by building group cohesion, acceptance of differences, and the ability to understand different points of view.

SDM/SPS has been recognized as:

  • an Exemplary Evidence-Based Social-Emotional Learning Program by CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning)
  • a Statewide Model Program for Substance Abuse Prevention by the New Jersey State Department of Education
  • a Promising Program by the Expert Panel, U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
  • an Exemplary Evidence-Based, School-Based Learning Program by NASP (the National Association of School Psychologists)

Separate volumes of the SDM/SPS curriculum are available for grades K-1 and 4–5. As an ideal extension of the elementary curriculum, the authors have also written an SDM/SPS manual for working with middle school students.

Book Review

"Using strategies such as metacognition, practice exercises, self-talk, body awareness, and aligning these topics with academic subjects to maximize generalization, this work brings the best and latest research for teaching students how to navigate complex interpersonal and intrapersonal challenges. . . . SDM/SPS for any of the grade levels will be valuable for those making the leap to classroom guidance and want a well rounded program that addresses social, academic, and mood management skills."

—Lynn Merlone, NH School Counselor Newsletter

Table of Contents

Introduction: Guide to Instructional Design and Implementation Procedures

Recommended Topics for Grade 2

Becoming a Problem-Solving Team

  1. Introduction to Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving (SDM/SPS) Lessons
  2. Listening Position
  3. Effective Listening
  4. Listening Power
  5. Strategies for Remembering
  6. Following Directions
  7. Be Your BEST: S = Speech (Say Something Nice)
  8. Be Your BEST: T = Tone of Voice
  9. Be Your BEST: Putting S and T Together
  10. How to Give Praise
  11. How to Receive Praise
  12. Asking for Help and Giving Help to Others

Feelings

  1. Selecting and Caring for Friends
  2. Packing Your SDM/SPS Toolbox
  3. Pull Your Class Together
  4. Identifying Personal Feelings
  5. Identifying Feelings in Others
  6. Identifying Personal Feelings and the Feelings of Others
  7. Identifying Feelings in Stories
  8. Things That Bug You and How Your Body Responds
  9. A Strategy for Keeping Calm
  10. Be Your BEST and Keep Calm
  11. Introducing Problem Diaries in Our Lives
  12. Problem Diaries and Literature
  13. Using Problem Solving to Reduce Tattling
  14. Review SDM/SPS Tools and Celebrate Success

Supplemental

  1. Using Problem Diaries to Solve Playground Problems
  2. Learning How to Use the Problem-Solving Corner
  3. Using Technology to Practice Identifying Feelings and Develop a Vocabulary for Feelings

List of Grade 2 Worksheets

  • Suggested Sharing Circle Questions
  • SDM/SPS Take-Home: Sharing Circles
  • Listening Position
  • Listening Activity Word Lists
  • Listening Power
  • Ovals Exercise
  • Directions for Ovals Exercise
  • Be Your BEST
  • Be Your BEST Grid
  • Sample Be Your BEST Grid: Speech
  • Tone of Voice Thermometer
  • Sample Be Your BEST Grid: Speech and Tone
  • Giving Praise
  • What Makes a Friend a Friend?
  • Tools for the SDM/SPS Toolbox
  • How Am I Doing?
  • Feelings Flashcards
  • Feelings Face 1
  • Feelings Face 2
  • Feelings Face 3
  • Feelings Face 4
  • Feelings Face 5
  • SDM/SPS Take-Home: Feelings Find
  • More Feelings Words
  • Feelings Can Be . . .
  • Things That Bug Me
  • Feelings Fingerprints
  • Keep Calm
  • Keep Calm Reminder Cards
  • Smell the Pizza Keep Calm Cards
  • Problem Diary
  • Literature Problem Diary
  • Our SDM/SPS Tools: Grade 2
  • How Am I Doing Now?
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • SDM/SPS Take-Home: Student Progress Report
  • SDM/SPS Summary and Recommendations


Recommended Topics for Grade 3

Becoming a Problem-Solving Team

  1. Introduction to Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving (SDM/SPS) Lessons
  2. Learning to Listen Carefully and Accurately
  3. Exercises to Pull Your Team Together
  4. Listening Power
  5. Strategies for Remembering
  6. Following Directions
  7. Learning to Role-Play
  8. Be Your BEST
  9. Using Your BEST to Stop Bullying and Teasing
  10. Using Your BEST to Give and Receive Praise
  11. Using Your BEST to Give and Receive Help
  12. What Makes a Friend a Friend?
  13. Packing Your SDM/SPS Toolbox

Feelings

  1. Identifying Feelings
  2. Looking for Signs of Different Feelings
  3. Identifying Feelings in Stories
  4. What Are Your Feelings Fingerprints?
  5. A Strategy for Keeping Calm
  6. Introduction to Problem Diaries
  7. Using Problem Diaries in Our Lives: Part 1
  8. Using Problem Diaries in Our Lives: Part 2

Social Decision Making and Social Problem Solving

  1. Introduction to FIG TESPN
  2. Using FIG to Give Constructive Criticism
  3. Using FIG to Understand Different Points of View
  4. Practice Using FIG to Tackle School and Life Problems
  5. Review SDM/SPS Tools and Celebrate Success

Supplemental

  1. Using FIG in Language Arts
  2. Using FIG in Social Studies
  3. Joining a New Group

List of Grade 3 Worksheets

  • SDM/SPS Take-Home: Sharing Circles
  • Listening Position
  • Listening Activity Word Lists
  • People Find
  • Listening Power
  • SDM/SPS Take-Home: Listening
  • Ovals Exercise
  • Directions for Ovals Exercise
  • Be Your BEST
  • Be Your BEST Grid
  • Sample Be Your BEST Grid
  • SDM/SPS Take-Home: Be Your BEST
  • SDM/SPS Take-Home: Giving and Receiving Praise
  • What Makes a Friend a Friend?
  • Tools for the SDM/SPS Toolbox
  • How Am I Doing?
  • Feelings Face 1
  • Feelings Face 2
  • Feelings Face 3
  • Feelings Face 4
  • Feelings Face 5
  • Feelings Face 6
  • Feelings Words
  • Feelings Can Be . . .
  • SDM/SPS Take-Home: Feelings
  • Feelings Fingerprints
  • Stages of Anger
  • Keep Calm
  • SDM/SPS Take-Home: Keep Calm
  • Problem Diary
  • Problem Diary (Alternate 1)
  • Problem Diary (Alternate 2)
  • FIG TESPN Ladder
  • FIG Worksheet
  • Using FIG to Give Constructive Criticism
  • SDM/SP Take-Home: Using FIG
  • Our SDM/SPS Tools: Grade 3
  • More Tools for the SDM/SPS Toolbox
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • SDM/SPS Take-Home: Student Progress Report
  • SDM/SPS Summary and Recommendations
  • FIG TESPN Literature Discussion Guide
  • Using FIG to Plan Your Story
  • Respond and Revise
  • Problem Journal
  • Character Choices
  • SDM/SPS Take-Home: Reading for Problem Solving
  • FIG TESPN: Thinking About Important Events
  • SDM/SPS Take-Home: Problem Solving in the News
  • Joining a New Group

Tables

  1. Skills Taught in the SDM/SPS Curriculum: Grades 2-8
  2. Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving (SDM/SPS): Academic and Home Application Activities (Grade 2)
  3. Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving (SDM/SPS): Academic and Home Application Activities (Grade 3)
  4. Summary of Change in Teachers' Inhibitory and Highly Facilitative Responses Following SDM/SPS Training
  5. Summary of Mean Competence Scores and Statistics from the Three Studies of the Readiness Phase of the Curriculum
  6. Change in Fourth Graders' Mean Interpersonal Sensitivity (I.S.), Problem Analysis (P.A.), and Planning (PLAN) Scores Following Training in the Instructional Phase of SDM/SPS
  7. Change in Mean Scores for Interpersonal Sensitivity (I.S.), Problem Analysis (P.A.), and Planning (PLAN) by Grade: Bloomfield
  8. Correlations Between GSPSA Subscales and Survey of Middle School Stressors and Piers-Harris Scores for the Experimental Group
  9. Experience of High School Follow-Up Group

Appendixes

  • The SDM/SPS Curriculum Approach: Evidence of Effectiveness
  • Tools for Program-Level Assessment
Outcome Evaluations

Outcome Data: Four major evaluation studies have been conducted in 1986, 1991, 1997 and 2007 in additional to a wide range of additional evaluations nationally and internationally.

  • In 2007, in an urban school district, schools implementing SDM/PS obtained significant results as compared with control schools. Results Included:
    • An increase in student engagement and effort in school.
    • Significant decrease in aggressive and delinquent behaviors, as compared with an increase in control schools.
    • Increased connectedness and more positive school relationships.

    In a suburban schools participating in the SDM/PS program schools obtained significant results that included a decrease in the frequency and acceptance of verbal and physical aggression, an increase in school engagement and effort.

  • In 1997, children trained in SDM/PS made substantial gains in interpersonal sensitivity, problem analysis and planning.
  • In 1991, a longitudinal study of students exposed to the program in elementary and middle school showed higher levels of positive pro-social behavior and decreased anti-social, self destructive and socially disordered behavior then controls. Controls scored significantly higher in vandalism, physical aggression and more negative self identity and peer acceptance. Across grades male controls showed significantly higher rates of buying alcohol/providing alcohol, girls in control groups used more tobacco.
  • In 1986, results showed that students participating were better at coping with stressors and adjusting to middle school then controls.
Training/Workshops

In-service training, consultation, or workshops by the developers of this program can be provided for your school, facility, or organization. For more information and available dates, please contact:

The SDM/SPS Program Office
University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ
UBHC, Behavioral Research & Training Institute
151 Centennial Ave., Suite 1140
Piscataway, NJ 08854
U.S.A.

Phone: 732-235-9280
Fax: 732-235-9277
E-Mail: spsweb@umdnj.edu
Website: www.ubhcisweb.org/sdm

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