Stimulate social connection
Students wish for more social connection in the everyday routine of school. A feeling of belongingness increases a student’s motivation. Social integration among different types of students can broaden students’ perspectives and foster appreciation for diversity.
In the present day, students socialize using technology which sometimes makes them feel more disconnected or leads to comparison and the fear of missing out. For those reasons, technology use should done cognizantly.
Dos and Don’ts
Help students feel more connected with people around them
- Belongingness is important to fuel a student’s motivation because they feel like they have a support system to lean on
- Students are willing to try something if friends are doing it
- Friends can often help individuals identify their achievements, goals, strengths and weaknesses
- Serves as an opportunity to get to know new people whom they wouldn’t interact with otherwise
Try to avoid pushing kids too hard (talk to total strangers); make it a challenging yet fun experience.
- Ensure that students with low social comfort feel heard and included
- All students should be able to participate
Gives students a safe space to step out of their comfort zone
Help students from different social bubbles mingle
- Students fall into a hierarchy of “status” and selectiveness based on regular/honors class
- Social bubbles are shaped by personal interests and being in classes together