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Friendly Faces:Fostering Positive Student Relationships

Part of our job as teachers is to help students learn appropriate social skills. Having a classroom of kids who get along will also make your day easier. Of course, different personalities will collide as they do even amongst grown-ups. Read up on some practical ways to have the best chance at a happy classroom and to give your students the tools to get along...now and in the future.
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Friendly Faces:Fostering Positive Student Relationships
  • Melissa Williams says:
    This is a useful lesson plan to foster positive student relationships. It also includes a template for a contract students will develop together. I like that it also has an extension section to send home to parents. It's always a good idea to include parents in classroom expectations and this will increase student accountability. It will also allow both teacher and parent to gauge the child's understanding of what it means to get along and how to do it.
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    How To Get Your Students To Work Together

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    Melissa Williams says:
    The same skills needed to make friends and get along with others will also help students work together. This article explains how to facilitate positive working relationships between students. Remove some of the misunderstandings and frustrations kids can experience to send them on their way to good relationships.
  • Melissa Williams says:
    Sesame Street provides fantastic resources for teachers to use with their students. This video is about 15 minutes long and would be perfect for a Kindergarten or Grade One class. Teach your students how to make friends in a positive, healthy way.
  • Melissa Williams says:
    An oldie but a goodie, have your students view this cartoon video with excellent pointers on how to get along. The running time is approximately 45 minutes, so for very young grades you may want to divide it in half and have your students view it in two parts.
  • Melissa Williams says:
    This lesson plan, geared towards students in grades K-5, will help you to teach your students how to get along. It is detailed, curriculum-complementary and engaging for students. Teach them why it's important to get along and how to do it and you'll be on the right track for creating that positive climate in your class.
  • Melissa Williams says:
    Teacher Rachel Lynette describes a particularly tough third grade class she had and how she and her co-teacher managed to turn the tide. I really enjoyed the tips presented here and the fact that they are from a teacher who has tried them out with her class.
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BloomBoard Asks:What is your best tip for ensuring students get along for the most part? Even later in the year it is possible to turn things around and create more of a positive climate in your class!