Solving Friendship Problems: A Teacher’s Toolkit
Instructor: Tammy Berg
Grading: Letter or S/U
Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)
Instruction Mode: Correspondence
Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development
NDSU Credit Fee: $345
Partner Class Offered Through S.C.T. Continuing Education Services
In the academic setting, friendship and other social issues interfere with students’ abilities to learn. Children feel left out, rejected, and are the victims of teasing, gossiping, and bullying. Other students lack the skills to make friends, keep friends, and at times fall to peer pressure. Often, these issues make it difficult for students to learn in the classroom and some students feel that their school is an unsafe place to learn. This course will offer educators strategies to help these students. Particular attention will be given to relational aggression, a form of bullying that is affecting our children, especially young girls, and making it difficult for them to learn and succeed in the classroom. The projected outcome of this course is to provide classroom teachers with the knowledge, understanding, and methodologies needed to help students with essential friendship-building skills that may be interfering with their learning, and at times, the learning of others.
As a result of participation in this course, students will learn:
1. Why friendships are so important to children.
2. Why friendship problems are so much more prevalent than in the past.
3. How technological advances have affected the social lives of children.
4. Steps parents and teachers alike can take in order to improve friendship skills.
5. What 25 of the most common friendship problems are, and how we can help students learn to deal with them within the classroom setting.
6. How relational and cyber-bullying affects today’s youth.
7. How to help children be strong, resilient, and confident in their friendships.
8. The differences in children’s friendships and how the correlate to social understanding.
Text / Readings:
The required reading is found in the following texts and articles reprints:
Borba, M. (2005). Nobody likes me, everybody hates me: The top 25 friendship problems and how to solve them. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Dunn, J. (2004). Children's friendships: The beginnings of intimacy. Chapin, SC: YouthLight, Inc.
Kemple, K., & Hartle, L. (1997). Getting along: How teachers can support children’s peer relationships. Early Childhood Education Journal, 24, 139-146.
Schachter, R. (2005). The end of recess. District Administration, August, 36-41.