17 Genius Tricks for Helping Students to Learn to Fit in With Their Peers

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

1. Teach the learner to be happy with their best effort rather than insisting on perfection.

2. Identify the consequences of other students’ behavior as they happen (e.g., the chance to point out that consequences happen for all behavior and for all persons).

3. Provide the learner the responsibility of tutoring a peer if they possess the appropriate skills.

4. Show tasks in the most attractive, exciting manner possible.

5. Stop peers from engaging in those behaviors that would cause the learner to fail to consider or regard the consequences of their behavior (e.g., keep other students from upsetting the learner).

6. Give a learning experience that emphasizes the cause-and-effect relationship between behavior and the inevitability of some form of consequence (e.g., both negative and positive behaviors and consequences).

7. Praise those students in the classroom who demonstrate appropriate behavior.

8. Give the learner a clearly identified list of consequences for unacceptable behavior.

9. Provide maximum supervision of the learner’s interactions and slowly decrease the amount of supervision over time.

10. Provide the learner with duties in the classroom (e.g., teacher assistant, peer tutor, group leader, etc.).

11. Give the learner as much academic and social success as possible so peers may view the learner more positively.

12. Minimize the emphasis on competition. Social interactions may be inhibited if the learner’s abilities are constantly made public and compared to others.

13. Praise the learner for properly interacting with other students: (a) give the learner a concrete reward (e.g., privileges such as leading the line, handing out learning materials, 10 minutes of free time, etc.) or (b) give the learner an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).

14. Praise the learner for demonstrating appropriate behavior based on the duration of time the learner can be successful. As the learner shows success, slowly increase the duration of time required for reinforcement.

15. Attempt several groupings to ascertain the situation in which the learner is most comfortable.

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

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

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