Equity in Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education

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Twice-Exceptional Students and G/T Services

Strategies to Foster Social Relationships

Guiding Principles

  • Systematically assess and monitor the development of social relationship skills.
  • Provide a safe environment for social interaction within the classroom.
  • Value diversity and the contributions of each student.
  • Connect with students, show them you care, and encourage their efforts.
  • Afford opportunities to collaborate with peers who share similar interests and abilities.
  • Coach students in knowing when they need to listen and when it is appropriate to speak.
  • Encourage empathy and do not tolerate bullying or put-downs.
  • Invite students to join friendship groups if they need to develop interpersonal skills.
  • Explicitly teach the skills needed to develop and maintain friendships.
  • Coach students in understand body language and reading social cues.
  • Utilize role playing, bibliotherapy, and moral dilemmas to increase interpersonal knowledge.
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop skills and assume leadership roles.
  • Encourage students to become involved in extra curricular and community activities.
  • Provide counseling when needed to help with sensitivity, isolation, or feeling different.

(Trail, 2011)