Resolving Conflicts "The quick Method" (K-2)
- To introduce the basics of conflict resolution
- To guide the children to understand the benefits of resolving conflicts peacefully.
- Cool off
- "I Message"
- Brainstorm solutions
- Affirm, forgive, thank
- Have the children form a circle on the floor. Introduce the puppets. Tell the children that the puppets are having a disagreement or conflict over a toy that they want. Have the puppets act out the conflict: grab at each other, call each other names, cry, or whatever else your imagination comes up with.
- Speak directly to the puppets. Ask each puppet to state the problem. Don't let the puppets interrupt each other. Let them know that each will get a turn.
- Help the puppets understand others' "point of view." Teach them how to use "I Messages."
- Ask the children to brainstorm solutions to the puppets' conflict. List all their suggestions on the board.
- Talk to the puppets again and have them choose a solution that satisfies them both. Have the puppets thank the class for helping them work it out.
- Have the puppets ask the children why it's better to work it out then fight it out; discuss.
- Have the puppets ask the children about conflicts they have had. Discuss the brainstorming solutions together. Choose the most viable. Go over giving "I Messages" at this time.
- Ask the children if they would be willing to try working out their problems this way in order to create the peaceful class they would like to have.
- Go over the above chart with the class.