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Fostering Effective Relationships


Creating a Sense of Belonging

1)  Creating a positive environment
  • Develop an appreciation for others.
  • Recognize unique contributions and qualities of all students.
  • Provide a variety of activities in which students can gain recognition from peers.
2)  Explore the responsibilities of group membership
  • Teach students their responsibilities within a group.
  • Teach children when it is appropriate to function as an individual and when to function as part of the group.
3)  Encourage acceptance of all and inclusion of others
  • Provide for peer acceptance, that is, cooperative games, students create a classroom bulletin board or a mini video clip highlighting their talents and interests.
  • Use class meetings.
  • Teach social skills.
  • Celebrate the differences.
  • Provide opportunities to be of service to others.