What can teachers do?

The school environment plays a critical role in the social development of its students. Teachers can work together with students in a number of ways to avoid isolating classmates.

  1. Promote and encourage social interactions for children who may be struggling socially by avoiding ‘last one picked’ situations. You can do this by pre-selecting groups or drawing from a hat.
  2. Organise a group of classmates to reach out to a student who is isolated. Schools can create form programmes such as buddying or peer mentoring.
  3. Let all students know their classroom contributions are valued and give them opportunities to help others.
  4. Arrange a classroom discussion around friendship. Ask students to feed back on what friends should and shouldn’t do, with specific examples. This can be used as a foundation for any future discussions if a student is being left out.