“Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative
alternatives for responding to conflict.” ~ Dorothy Thompson.
As part of the Whole School Social Skills program, in Year One
we have been learning about and exploring Resolving Conflicts.
We identified that conflict is when two or more people cannot
agree on something. As a class, we discussed some examples of
conflict we face in day-to-day life, and some ‘fair’ ways of
resolving them. We agreed upon and recorded on a poster tips
for ‘Resolving Conflicts’ quickly and fairly. The children then
role played some scenarios that involved conflict and how to
identify and manage them effectively. They did a great job and
are keen to practice the new skills they are acquiring.
In Year 5, we have spent our Term 3 Health lessons discussing conflict resolution and what techniques we can use to “bounce back” from
difficult situations and live resilient lives. As a class, we decided that this is one area that we could provide a positive example for the whole
school, in order to make our environment as peaceful and encouraging as possible. We discussed the characteristics of calmly resolving a conflict
and what behaviours we may be able to see, hear and feel during this process. The students then individually completed a Padlet wall, where they
wrote their own descriptions of resolving a conflict. They then included a photo demonstrating conflict resolution. They have worked so well on
this topic for the entire term and it is so wonderful to see such harmony within the class. Feel free to have a look at our class Padlet wall using the
following link http://padlet.com/wall/9w267qnxo4hx
This week we began a new whole-school social skill focus with our Sacred Heart students, which is: Resolving Conflicts. We feel this skill is very important for our students to master, especially in the playground. This week the Year 6 Class used “Answer Garden” to share words which you could use when resolving conflicts at school. Great work, Year 6!
Year 6 Teacher and Assistant Principal
Our current whole-school social skill focus for Term 3 is 'Encouraging Others'. It has been very pleasing to see students put into action what they have been learning. Here is
what the Year 4 class have been focussing on: We have been implementing a variety of ways to encourage others in Year Four. After discussing how important it is to be positive and celebrate the achievements of others we introduced a 'Praise of the Week'. Our favourite so far has been 'Excellent, Excellent', which we say whilst doing a big X with our arms. These short and simple praises have allowed us to motivate our peers quickly and effectively. Excellent, excellent!
Over the last few weeks, Sacred Heart students have been doing a wonderful job at mastering our whole school social skill - Being Positive.
Y charts were used to introduce and teach the above skill to our students. Following class discussions about what this skill looks like, sounds like and feels like, the teachers recorded the students’ answers on a Y chart. Here is an example of a Y chart, created by our Year 2 students: