17 Way to Encourage Learners Not to Fight with Their Peers

Are you looking for ways to encourage students not to fight with peers? If so, keep reading.

1. Give the student many chances for social and academic success.

2. Make sure that all school staff members are aware of the student’s tendency to become physically aggressive so they will monitor the student’s behavior.

3. Provide maximum supervision of the student. As the student shows appropriate behavior, slowly decrease supervision.

4. Give a quiet space for the student to work independently, away from peer interactions. Do not use this as a form of punishment; rather use it as a chance to increase the student’s success in their environment.

5. Put reinforcement emphasis on academic productivity and accuracy to lessen the likelihood of the student becoming physically aggressive (i.e., increased productivity and accuracy should lessen the likelihood of unacceptable behavior).

6. Minimize or remove any stimulus in their surroundings (e.g., possessions, competition, teasing, etc.) that leads to the student’s physically aggressive behavior.

7. Make sure the student knows the logical consequences of hurting other students (e.g., less freedom, more restrictive environment, assault charges, etc.).

8. Stop the student from receiving too much stimulation (e.g., monitor or supervise student behavior to limit overexcitement in physical learning activities, games, parties, etc.).

9. Restrict the student’s chance to enter areas of the school environment where they are more likely to be physically aggressive.

10. Separate the student from the peer(s) who may be encouraging or stimulating the student’s unacceptable behavior.

11. Do not force the student to interact or remain in a group when they are physically aggressive (e.g., daily reading group, physical education group, etc.).

12. Restrict the student’s independent movement in the school environment.

13. Intervene early and often when there is a problem with fighting to prevent more severe problems from happening.

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

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

16. Consider using Alexa to help the student learn to behave appropriately. Click here to read an article that we wrote on the subject.

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

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