17 Ways to Help Learners Learn to Fit in With Their Peers

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

1. Assess the appropriateness of the task to ascertain (a) if the task is too easy, (b) if the task is too complicated, and (c) if the duration of time scheduled to finish the task is sufficient.

2. Stop the student from becoming overstimulated by a learning experience(e.g., monitor or supervise student behavior to limit overexcitement in physical learning activities, games, parties, etc.).

3. Do not force the student to interact with others.

4. Provide a predetermined signal (e.g., hand signal, oral signal, etc.) when the student begins to exhibit unacceptable behavior(s).

5. Provide the student with duties in group situations so peers may view the student more positively.

6. Get the student to be the leader of a cooperative learning experience if they possess a mastery of skills or an interest in that area.

7. Praise those students in the classroom who properly interact with the student.

8. Assist the student in finding unacceptable behaviors and teach them ways to change those behaviors.

9. Notify others who will be working with the student (e.g., teachers, the principal, clerks, etc.) about the student’s tendency to ignore the consequences of their behavior s.

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

11. Give the student logical consequences for unacceptable behavior(e.g., for disturbing others during group learning activities, the student should have to leave the learning experience).

12. Make sure the student does not become involved in overstimulating learning activities.

13. Talk with the student to explain that they may be trying too hard to fit in and that they should relax and let friendships develop naturally.

14. Embody appropriate social behavior for the student at all times.

15. Alter or adjust situations that cause the student to demonstrate behaviors that are extreme.

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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