About This Chapter
Peer Friendships & Interpersonal Strategies - Chapter Summary
Teaching students the value of peer friendships and strategies for developing and maintaining quality interpersonal relationships can aid them throughout their lives. Gain an awareness of peer relationships and interactions with the teaching resources available in this chapter. Topics covered include the following:
- Skills needed during interpersonal interactions
- Characteristics, development and maintenance of successful relationships
- Types and aspects of friendship and communication between friends
- Definition and concept of the peer group and peer pressure
- Relationships among peers in middle childhood
- Ways to teach peer leadership skills to students
- Issues commonly faced by children in elementary school
- Activities that teach children to engage in acts of kindness
Each lesson is accessible from any computer, smartphone or tablet and can be reviewed in any sequence and as often as you'd like. Utilize the quizzes in this chapter to assess your knowledge of peer friendships and interpersonal strategies. You can also use them to gauge your students' comprehension of these important topics.
How It Helps
- Refreshes your knowledge: Use the lessons to refresh your knowledge or even discover new ideas related to peer friendships and interpersonal strategies.
- Builds awareness: The concepts presented in this chapter can increase your awareness of common social issues faced by your students, such as peer pressure.
- Enhances student relationships: Teaching students with help from this chapter's lessons gives them the strategies they need to develop and maintain quality interpersonal relationships.
Once you've reviewed the resources in this chapter, you will be prepared to:
- Teach students key interpersonal skills
- Share with students the characteristics of successful relationships and ways to develop and maintain those relationships
- Help students understand types of friendship and communication
- Know how peer groups influence child development
- Recognize ways peer relationships change in middle childhood
- Aid students in their development of peer leadership skills
- Describe the meaning and examples of peer pressure
- Understand common issues elementary school children face
- Incorporate kindness activities for kids into your curriculum
1. Interpersonal Interaction: Skills & Definition
Everything you do with and around others is considered interpersonal interaction. This lesson discusses situations of interpersonal interactions and the skills involved during those interactions.
2. Successful Relationships: Characteristics, Development & Maintenance
Be it work, friends, or family, making a relationship work is hard. Creating a solid relationship isn't much easier. This lesson will point out the characteristics of solid relationships and some advice for developing and maintaining them.
3. Friends & Communication: Definition, Types & Aspects
Think about your friends. I'll bet you have many different types of friendships in your life. In this lesson, we'll examine the major types of friendships, and how different types of friends communicate with each other.
4. Peer Group: Definition & Concept
A peer group is a social group that consists of individuals of the same social status who share similar interests and are close in age. Learn about peer groups, how they influence socialization during childhood and adolescence, and more.
5. Peer Relationships in Middle Childhood
As children grow, they become more independent of their parents and turn to their peers more often. In this lesson, we'll examine children's evolving concepts of friendship, peer group norms, social conformity, and social comparison.
6. Teaching Peer Leadership Skills to Students
In this lesson we will explore methods for training students to be leaders. We will specifically discuss intervention, resistance, and refusal skills, and how to teach those skills to students.
7. What is Peer Pressure? - Definition & Explanation
In this lesson, you'll learn who your peers are and how they can pressure you into actions that you wouldn't normally do -- peer pressure. We'll cover types of peer pressure and who is most likely to experience it.
8. Common Issues with Elementary School Children
While childhood is meant to be a happy time, there are many children for whom it is a time of emotional difficulty. This lesson looks into some challenges that are common to elementary-aged children.
9. Kindness Activities for Kids
Kindness isn't inbuilt, and needs to be taught. We can do that through various fun activities that will keep kids focused and engaged on doing kind acts. Here are some ideas for you to try.
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Other chapters within the Promoting Students' Social-Emotional Learning course
- Developing Self-Esteem in Social-Emotional Learning
- Understanding Verbal & Nonverbal Communication
- How to Recognize Child Abuse & Distress
- Strategies for Managing Student Aggression
- Stress Management and Coping Mechanisms
- Cooperative Learning & Strategies for Conflict Resolution
- Classroom Behavior Management & Interventions
- Healthy Classroom Environments & Cultural Inclusion
- The Role of Family-School Partnerships
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