Help you students differentiate between a conflict that they can handle amongst themselves and those that need teacher intervention with this free conflict resolution activity.
It pairs great with the picture book, The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt. A simple activity with real-life applications!
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The Importance of Classroom Community
Have you thought about ways in which to build or maintain your classroom community lately? It tends to be one of those skill sets that we, as teachers, concentrate on heavily the first few weeks of school when we meet our class. Then, as the year progresses and priorities change, the efforts we put into classroom community maintenance fades.
However, CLASSROOM COMMUNITY IS SO IMPORTANT! It’s an investment into not just how our classroom functions as a whole, but also how our students interact with one another personally.
How our students treat their teachers, school staff, our classroom materials and belongings, and one another greatly affects the culture and climate of our classroom. Ultimately, this sets the stage for an effective learning community. SO IMPORTANT.
Classroom Community Building
Cara and I presented sessions at Get Your Teach On all about ways in which to build and maintain a strong classroom community. (And, yes, we’re totally dressed as Wayne and Garth. Our session was based off of nineties-themed classroom community-building activities, so it seemed appropriate! ALSO FUN!)
We think it’s super important to work on this all year – not just in August during the back-to-school season. There are small things we can do, even just weekly, to build a community of learners that work well together and support one another.
Teaching effective conflict resolution strategies can be very helpful in maintaining a thriving classroom culture. It encourages our students to work through problems on a peer-to-peer basis instead of involving the teacher. Of course, sometimes it’s necessary to involve the teacher. But, there are plenty of student squabbles that could easily be handled between students. Teacher intervention isn’t even necessary.
By giving our students the skills to work with one another to solve a conflict, we’re enabling their independence. They can be thoughtful and caring members of society without engaging our ideas or opinions. Additionally, this means they’re relying on us less. So, we can focus our attention and energy to more important classroom goings-on.
Bonus? LESS TATTLING!
Conflict Resolution Activity
The following video will show you how to use the book The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors to teach your students conflict resolution. A super simple game can help them solve minor classroom conflicts.
Conflict resolution is just one small part of building a strong classroom culture and community. If you’re looking for additional ways to get to know your students, encourage teamwork, and student ownership of personal, social, and academic responsibilities ANY time of year then you must check out this resource.
Team Building Tetriz is a personal fave! If only it played the traditional Tetris soundtrack while you completed it 😉
Free Conflict Resolution Activity For Kids
Purchase a copy of The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors from Amazon and add it to your classroom bookshelf. Your kids will LOVE IT. Seriously, so funny. It makes this conflict resolution activity memorable, too!
If you’d like a set of the conflict cards mentioned in the video, simply hop over HERE to download them.
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