Unfortunately, not all friendships are positive. Some can have a negative impact on students' lives and be considered toxic. Teach students how to recognise when a friendship is toxic, and to develop strategies to help them cope with these relationships.
Students learn how to recognise when a friendship is toxic, and to develop strategies for dealing with different situations.
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
- identify how positive and negative relationships make them feel
- define a toxic relationship
- describe how to deal with negative relationships
- respond assertively to toxic relationship situations.
Post-It brainstorm: Positive and negative friendships 10 min
- Provide students with Post-It notes or equivalent.
- Ask students to write, on separate notes, words to describe both positive and negative friendships.
- Draw two circles on the board. Label them ‘Positive’ and ‘Negative’.
- Ask students to stick their notes on the board in the corresponding circle.
- Discuss students’ answers.
- Ask the class to write a description of a:
- positive friendship
- negative friendship.
- Explain to students that sometimes a negative relationship is described as a toxic friendship.
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