Friendship through conflict resolution
The child development literature suggests the following abilities support conflict resolution and interpersonal success: understanding that nonviolence and respect are essential when managing a conflict; the ability to look at one’s own feelings ; the ability to consider how others involved may feel; the ability to control one’s emotions and behaviors; the ability to communicate feelings and thoughts to others; the ability to listen to others; and the ability to brainstorm several solutions to possibly use in handling a conflict.
Recently, Kindergarten students have been working to identify their own feelings and the feelings of others using role playing. They learned that they know if they are “doing the right thing” by observing the faces of their classmates and identifying others’ feelings.
Grade 1 recently completed activities from “We Can Work It Out” where they learned to Ask Questions and Listen rather than jump to anger; to Use their Words appropriately; to Try Different Ideas until they come up with a Win-Win solution; to Compromise; and to identify adults who they can Ask for Help .
Grade 2 has focused on the conflict situation of Name Calling. They learned that name calling hurts, ,that people may call names because they are being affectionate, or think it is funny, or are being mean. Students learned the following strategies: Say How You Feel, Pretend Not to Hear, Speak up for a Friend, or Ask an Adult for Help.
Third graders are currently generating their own definitions of bullying, describing how it makes a person feel to be bullied, and examining why people bully. They are learning strategies for what you can do when you are being bullied and how you can help another when you see bullying occurring.
In Grade 4, students are learning to make safe and healthy choices. Using role playing, they are identifying three types of bullying—physical, emotional, and sexual– and learning a number of strategies to deal with each.
Understanding Harassment” video scenarios present Grade 5 students an opportunity to refine their understanding of teasing and bullying as well as to examine the role of bystanders in the bullying situation. They learn the difference between reporting– to get someone OUT of trouble, and being a tattletale– to try to get someone IN trouble.
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