22 Ways to Support Learners Who Think Everyone Dislikes Them

Are you looking for ways to support students who think everyone dislikes them? If so, keep reading.

1. Dissuade the student from engaging in those learning activities that cause them unhappiness.

2. Help the student find things they wish were in their surroundings and work with the student toward those goals.

3. Teach the student alternative ways to deal with unpleasant social interactions during the school-age experience (e.g., deal with problems when they arise, practice self-control at all times, share problems or concerns with others, etc.).

4. Teach the student alternative ways to express unhappiness (e.g., written, spoken, etc.).

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

6. Praise those students in the classroom who properly interact with other students.

7. 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.

8. Provide the student the responsibility of tutoring a peer if they possess the skills to be shared.

9. Give the student a predetermined signal (e.g., oral signal, hand signal, etc.) when they begin to demonstrate unacceptable behaviors when interacting with others (e.g., whining, fighting, throwing objects, refusing to share, etc.).

10. Provide maximum supervision of the student’s interaction and slowly decrease the amount of supervision over time.

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

12. Urge the student to further develop any capacity, ability, or skill they have so peers may view the student more positively.

13. Assist the student in identifying their unacceptable behaviors and teaching them ways to change those behaviors.

14. Ask the student to select a peer to work with on a specific task. Urge the student and peer to interact with each other in nonacademic areas (e.g., recess, lunch, break time, etc.).

15. Do not criticize. On occasions where correcting the student, be honest yet compassionate. Never cause the student to feel bad about themselves.

16. Do not force the student to interact with students with whom they are not entirely comfortable.

17. Always treat the student with the utmost respect. Talk objectively at all times.

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

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

20. Consider using a socio-emotional learning app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

21. Consider using an emotional intelligence app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

22. Consider using a school counseling app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

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