15 Hacks to Help Students Learn to Fit in With Their Peers

Are you looking for hacks help students to learn to fit in with their peers? If so, keep reading.

1. Take the learner away from the learning experience until they can demonstrate appropriate behavior and self-control.

2. Utilize role-play to simulate several situations the learner might be involved with, and to teach the learner how to interact properly (e.g., how to have an appropriate conversation at the lunch table, how to ask to play a game with others, etc.).

3. Always treat the learner with the utmost respect. Talk objectively at all times.

4. Take an interest in the learner; know the learner, ask the learner’s opinion, spend time working one-on-one with the learner, etc.).

5. Talk with the learner to explain(a) what the learner is doing wrong (e.g., taking action before thinking about what they are doing) and (b) what the learner should be doing (e.g., considering consequences, thinking about the correct response, considering other persons, etc.).

6. Assist the learner in creating a friendship by pairing them with another learner for learning activities. As the learner shows success, slowly increase the number of students in the group.

7. Teach the learner problem-solving skills: (a) find the problem, (b) find goals and objectives, (c) create strategies, (d) create a plan for action, and (e) carry out the plan.

8. Teach the learner to think before acting (e.g., they should ask themselves, “What is happening?” “What am I doing?” “What should I do?” “What will be best for me?”).

9. Let the learner voice their opinion in a situation to avoid becoming upset or angry.

10. Draft an agreement with the learner stipulating what behavior is required (e.g., sitting near a learner, talking to a learner, etc.) and which reinforcement will be implemented when the agreement has been met.

11. Observe the learner closely in situations in which they are likely to act impulsively (e.g., keep close physical proximity, keep eye contact, regularly connect with the learner, etc.).

12. Organize the learner’s surroundings to limit chances for unacceptable behavior(e.g., keep the learner participating in learning activities, have the learner seated near the teacher, keep visibility to and from the learner, etc.).

13. Make sure that consequences are delivered continuously for behavior demonstrated (i.e., appropriate behavior results in positive consequences, and unacceptable behavior results in negative consequences).

14. Consider using an adaptive behavior management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

15. Click here to learn about six bonus strategies for challenging problem behaviors and mastering classroom management.

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