How do you handle this in your classroom? What do you say to the child and what do you say to the other children?
We devote time daily to address issues just like this with all of our students. We have social emotional discussion time, this usually is during a circle time. We ask questions like, "How would you feel if you came over and sat next to someone to play and they called you mean and walked away?" , "How would you feel if someone told you, that you were not their friend?" We ask questions and let those questions lead us on a discussion about friendships, and what it means to be a good friend, how a good friend should treat us, how to work out issues/conflict with a friend,etc. These times help us explain to our students that they need to give one another a chance. That they cannot just label someone, and ignore them. That they cannot just judge someone based on someone else's opinion. We talk about understand our peers are still learning a particular skill and they can help by doing,etc, We remind them they might have done the same thing. We TALK it out. We don't tell them what they need to do or say, but we help them talk through it and come up with their own conclusion through questions, and asking them how they would feel in the other persons shoes.
Tell me what you do in your classroom to help support positive friendships? To stop labeling and help children problem solve?