What causes it? What can we do about it? – an article by Professor Dianne Levin read article
Well, to start with we don’t need yet another label for students! But that aside, the content of the article highlights an issue that most schools are grappling with! How do we help children settle disputes, use words instead of fists, take turns and develop understanding and compassion for the feelings of others?
The article goes on to look at possible explanations and things we as teachers can do.
The need for explicit teaching of social skills – modelling, feedback and feed forward is imperative, but so is the opportunity to practise these skills in an authentic context.
Cancelling play time as some American schools are doing is not the answer, but maybe more Discovery Time with a focus on key competencies will make a difference.