Conflict Resolution: Turn your Spring Struggles into Spring Successes

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Springtime, with all its fanfare, is often a time of escalating conflicts. Students are antsy from a long winter of learning, and their classmates are now more like annoying siblings than playful friends.

The key to making the spring season a success is to teach students how to resolve conflicts appropriately—that means using their words and only seeking out adult intervention when all other courses of action have failed (and, of course, before the fights begin).

Our blog, Teach Students to Resolve their Own Conflicts, has several great tips and tricks that you can use to help your students learn to resolve conflicts on their own, using Rock Paper Scissors (Roshambo) as a schoolwide (or classwide) tool.  Rock Paper Scissors allows students to resolve disagreements before seeking help from adults. If you’d like to see how your playground fares today, take our three-minute Recess Checkup quiz!

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April 16, 2019

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