As a first year 2nd grade teacher, I am dealing wuth my 2nd grade girls' social quarrel, "She's being mean and doesn't want to be my friend." How can I stop a small group of 2nd grade girls compete for each anothers friendship? How can I get them to get along with each other?
Advice from Schoolfamily
Lisa @ School Family writes: Mr. M- Does your school have a friendship club or friendship as part of the curriculum? Learning to work through these power struggles is part of the learning but teaching kids empathy and what it means to be a good friend would help the girls and your classroom dynamics. If it's not part of the curriculum, how about choosing books for circle time that have good messages and will generate conversation around this topic? Some book suggestions: "Have You Filled Your Bucket?", "A Letter to Amy", and "Rainbow Fish."