Conflict Resolution - 3

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Teachers

Definition: Conflict resolution is the ability to assess a social situation that is not going well and develop strategies to improve the current interaction as well as interactions which may occur in the future.

Discussion Points

  • What is a conflict?
  • What are some examples of when conflict may occur?
  • How are conflicts resolved?
  • What can happen if you don’t handle a conflict correctly?
  • Review Discussion Points:

    Possible activities to review the discussion point:

    Idea Collage:

    • Teacher poses a conflict scenario.
    • Using chart paper, the teacher labels the sheet with a discussion point.
    • Students write responses on sticky notes, draw a picture, or cut images/words from a magazine identifying possible solutions to the conflict.
    • Students post responses on chart paper.
    • Teacher leads classroom discussion using the posted responses.
    • Brainstorming:

      • Pose a situation where a conflict has occurred.
      • Have students work independently/small groups/pairs to develop a list of different solutions to solve the conflict.
      • Have students share emotions on their list.
      • As a group, brainstorm reasons a person may feel that specific emotion.

Activity 1: Conflict

On the board, create a web of words or phrases that come to mind when thinking of conflict. Encourage students to think of both positive and negative words or phrases to describe conflict.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or chalkboard

As a group, create a class definition of conflict. Use the web to help.

Activity 2: Tolerance

Write the word “tolerance” on the board. Ask students to explain what it means. Lead students to understand that: tolerance is respecting individuals’ differences. Discuss differences amongst individuals in the group (Ex. some have short hair, some have long, some like broccoli, some do not). Tolerance allows us to appreciate others, learn from others, and work together.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart Paper or Chalkboard
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per group
  • Pencil for Each Group

Activity 3: Conflict Resolution Tips

Discuss the five tips for conflict resolution. Allow students time to complete Student Activity Sheet B. Discuss when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per person
  • Pencil for each student

    Conflict Resolution Tips

    Tip 1: Conflict is a part of life. There is no escaping it. Keeping your feelings bottled up inside won’t help. Talk about it and work towards a solution.

    Tip 2: Don’t make it personal. Learn to deal with the problem, not the person. Conflict occurs because of an issue, not because of a person. Always be respectful and listen.

    Tip 3: Don’t bring up the past. If there has been conflict in the past, let it go. Stick to the present.

    Tip 4: Be understanding. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Remember to be tolerant.

    Tip 5: If you are wrong, accept it and say, “I’m sorry.”

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Develop a script and create an animation that includes two characters in a setting related to the problem. The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • A scenario in which characters are having a conflict, characters use details of the situation to identify their feelings, characters think of ways to solve the conflict, the use of appropriate dialogue to indicate the conflict has been resolved use of appropriate ways to end the conversation.
  • Materials Needed:
    • White board/chalk Board or Chart Paper
    • Markers
    • Script sheet for each group
    • Pencil for each student

    Script Writing Practice: Teacher led discussion of script creation. As a whole/small group, write both an appropriate and inappropriate versions of the script. In small groups or individually, have the students independently create scripts using the prompts above.

    Independent Script Recording: Pair students to complete 2 scripts together using the same script prompt detailed above. Direct students to take turns being character one and character two.

    Animation Creation: Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

    Lesson Extension: Incorporate ELA standards by discussing both spoken and written grammar rules (dialogue punctuation, correct verb tense, sentence structure, parts of a story; character, setting, problem, solution). Consider using both the final animation and written script as an ELA grade/assignment.

    Lesson Review

    Allow students time to complete the student lesson review. Discuss answers when finished.

    Materials Needed:
    • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
    • A pencil for each student

    Students

    Go to only student curriculum

    Student Activity Sheet A

    Directions: As a group, answer the question:

    How does tolerance affect conflict resolution?

    Student Activity Sheet B

    Directions: Review the five conflict resolution tips and answser the questions below.

      Conflict Resolution Tips

      Tip 1: Conflict is a part of life. There is no escaping it. Keeping your feelings bottled up inside won’t help. Talk about it and work towards a solution.

      Tip 2: Don’t make it personal. Learn to deal with the problem, not the person. Conflict occurs because of an issue, not because of a person. Always be respectful and listen.

      Tip 3: Don’t bring up the past. If there has been conflict in the past, let it go. Stick to the present.

      Tip 4: Be understanding. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Remember to be tolerant.

      Tip 5: If you are wrong, accept it and say, “I’m sorry.”


    Which one is the easiest for you? Why?

    Which one is the hardest for you? Why?

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: Complete the questions.

    1. Describe conflict in your own words.

    2. Describe the meaning of tolerance in your own words.