Learning Intention: The student will identify classroom events or disruptions that should be ignored. When students are supposed to be working on a task, it is a problem when noises, arguments, or generally distracting situations occur. In this lesson, students are to identify several disturbances that are better left ignored. Thinking questions: 1. When you are working on something in the classroom, what are some things that might bother you or affect your concentration? 2. Why would it bother you if someone was talking too loudly? 3. Would it bother you if someone interrupted you to talk about something else? 4. What might happen if you got involved in someone else's argument or conversation while you were supposed to be working on something else? 5. Why is it hard to ignore distractions? 6. What are some ways that you could ignore or tune out distractions? Directions: Look at the classroom where many disturbances are going on. Put an X on the person or movement or thing that is distracting and should be ignored.
Activity adapted from Mannix, Darlene (1993). Social Skills Activities for Special Children. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.