Conflict or disagreement is normal and often happens when children get together. However, hurtful words, gestures, or physical attacks are unacceptable ways to deal with conflict and disagreement at school.
Our goal is to teach students several positive ways to deal with these difficult situations. To do this, we use the Kelso’s Choice: Conflict Management for Children program, and we are asking students who have minor problems to try at least two of these choices. This process can be done before asking for adult help.
Of course, the teacher or other supervising adult, will immediately handle any serious conflicts that cause a child to feel threatened or frightened.
By using this plan, we believe that our students will develop effective problem-solving skills they can use again and again. It will help them deal with conflict in a positive manner and to make appropriate decisions. Knowing what to do will help students reduce the stress and number of conflicts they have at school and in their neighborhood.