Module 8 Presentation Fostering peer relationships

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Fostering peer relationships
MODULE 8 PRESENTATION
Why this module?
» Research says teacher’s
aide support can
sometimes hinder
friendships developing
between students
» There are challenges to
supporting a student
while fostering their
connections to peers.
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Belonging
» Caring and supportive relationships are critical to
students’ learning and wellbeing at school
» When we are connected, we feel like we belong
» It’s important to foster students’ connections with each
other.
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Belonging
Relationships, environment
and school programmes
need to:
» recognise students
» respect students
» include students’ identity,
languages and cultures.
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Belonging
» Staff model behaviour and teach students to take
responsibility for each other
» Staff with high expectations believe all students can
learn and succeed.
If students are identified
as belonging, they are
expected to participate
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Peer-to-peer learning
» Students learn through peer-to-peer interactions
» Teachers can foster this through shared activities, with
students working:
– as partners
– in teams/groups
– with the whole class.
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Peer-to-peer learning
» If teachers’ aides provide
one-to-one support, this
may make the student
dependent on them
» Teachers’ aides need to
read a situation and be
flexible; is it best to step
in or observe?
» Observing provides
space for interaction.
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Fostering friendships
Teachers’ aides can:
» look for ways to identify common interests between
students
» offer help to students who need support to join in
» gauge their proximity to the student; are they helping the
student to make friends or hindering?
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Working together
» Teachers and teachers’
aides plan how to ensure
students can develop
relationships, connect
with and learn from their
peers.
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Next step?
Download the workbook for this
module at:
teachersandteachersaides.tki.org.nz/
Our-work-together/Module-8
To find out more about Teachers and
Teachers’ Aides Working Together
and to access the other modules
go to:
teachersandteachersaides.tki.org.nz
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