Relationship skills help students to have positive interactions in the classroom, fostering a sense of belonging, inclusion and positive emotions. When students develop these skills together, this can lead to a safe, caring and inclusive culture for all students in the classroom, which is ideal for optimal learning (and teaching!). The Everyday Mental Health Classroom Resource practices included in this section focus on acts of kindness, being a good friend, being respectful, conflict resolution, empathy and listening.

Pay It Forward

Division: All
Purpose: This activity will build empathy and compassion by encouraging students to notice good qualities in others, and reinforcing that kindness so that their peers feel valued.

Kindness Wall

Division: All
Purpose: When students practice acts of kindness they are developing positive relationships and making friends, by cooperating and interacting with others.

Kindness Jar

Division: All
Purpose: Encouraging kindness and respect in the classroom. 

High Five to Friendship

Division: Primary
Purpose: To discuss friendship skills and to help students identify ways that they can become a better friend.

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