17 Ways to Help Students 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 learner from becoming overstimulated by a learning experience(e.g., monitor or supervise learner behavior to limit overexcitement in physical learning activities, games, parties, etc.).

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

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

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

6. Get the learner 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 learner.

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

9. Notify others who will be working with the learner (e.g., teachers, the principal, clerks, etc.) about the learner’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 learner logical consequences for unacceptable behavior(e.g., for disturbing others during group learning activities, the learner should have to leave the learning experience).

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

13. Talk with the learner 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 learner at all times.

15. Alter or adjust situations that cause the learner 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.