Peers can have a positive influence on each other. Maybe another student in your science class taught you an easy way to remember the planets in the solar system or someone on the soccer team taught you a cool trick with the ball.
You might admire a friend who is always a good sport and try to be more like him or her. Maybe you got others excited about your new favorite book, and now everyone's reading it.
These are examples of how peers positively influence each other every day. Sometimes peers influence each other in negative ways. For example, a few kids in school might try to get you to cut class with them, your soccer friend might try to convince you to be mean to another player and never pass her the ball, or a kid in the neighborhood might want you to shoplift with him. Some kids give in to peer pressure because they want to be liked, to fit in, or because they worry that other kids might make fun of them if they don't go along with the group.
Others go along because they are curious to try something new that others are doing. The idea that "everyone's doing it" can influence some kids to leave their better judgment, or their common sense, behind. It is tough to be the only one who says "no" to peer pressure, but you can do it. Paying attention to your own feelings and beliefs about what is right and wrong can help you know the right thing to do.
Inner strength and self-confidence can help you stand firm, walk away, and resist doing something when you know better. It can really help to have at least one other peer, or friend, who is willing to say "no," too. This takes a lot of the power out of peer pressure and makes it much easier to resist. It's great to have friends with values similar to yours who will back you up when you don't want to do something. To become a Communities In Schools volunteer, please first complete the online application.
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You can create groups of any size, or use it as a random name generator. Students find the four matching cards to make up their group. I love that these cards from Walmart are four different colors which helps in assigning students roles within the group.
The teacher aisle of Dollar Tree always has brightly-colored cutouts that come in packs of fifteen with three different designs. I purchase two packs and have a quick way for students to make groups.
These large magnets are perfect for forming or tracking group members. They are very easy to move and they stick to any magnetic surface. I keep my partner cards and puzzles in an expandable file with labeled pockets. The different cards are stored in zip-sealed plastic bags labeled with the number of cards and groups that can be made from them.
I hope you have gotten an idea or two for new ways to partner or group your students. I would love to hear other ways you partner your students. Please share your ideas in the comment section below!
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