Rationale

Research suggests that children who experience greater peer acceptance and friendship tend to feel more positively about the school experience and perform better in the classroom (Retrieved from http://developingchild.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/2004/04/Young-Children-Develop-in-an-Environment-of-Relationships.pdf). Practices in this section help students expand their friendship circle and to better engage with all students in the classroom. They also guide students to reflect on what makes them a good friend and what they value in their own friendships.

Testimonials From the Field-Test

Benefits for Educators:

Benefits for Students:

High Five to Friendship

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

Networking

Division: All
Purpose: To invite students to extend their network of friends by including students with whom they do not usually interact.

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