If you’re following along with our weekly activities, your students probably have a good understanding of what the social cliques in their school look like by now. And they’re beginning to understand that approaching others with an us-versus-them outlook doesn’t help anyone.
In this week’s activity, we’ll take the conversation a step further by considering how to strengthen relationships in spite of cliques—and have students take the lead.
Solving Clique Problems Together
Encourage students to set up an anonymous box where anyone can drop a letter about any issues with a clique. Once a week, read the letters in the box and share them with the class. Discuss the issues in each letter together, and collaborate to resolve any problems.
Ask your students to interview someone who is older than high school age to investigate whether cliques survive into adulthood. Students may want to create a list of questions before the interview: for example, “What are social groups like in adulthood?” or “Do you think there are strong divisions between adult groups?” Have students summarize their source’s responses in an article. You may want to see if your school newspaper would be willing to publish it.
We’re getting closer and closer to Mix It Up at Lunch Day! The long-term work you’re doing with students will transform this one-day event into a yearlong commitment to creating an inclusive, welcoming school climate. Thank you for your efforts!