ERIC Number: ED445377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Let's Resolve Conflicts Together: Middle School Classroom Activities. Conflict Management Week, May 1-7, 2000.
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, Columbus.; Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus.
Conflict is a natural and inevitable part of living, but managing conflict is difficult for many people because they have not been taught how to resolve differences in cooperative, nonviolent ways. Communication problems can lead to misunderstanding and make conflicts more difficult to resolve. The Governor of Ohio has designated May 1-7, 2000 as Conflict Management Week. In the middle school classroom, making use of themes of conflict can invigorate subject areas across the curriculum. This activity booklet/guide offers ideas for improving the overall climate of the school and for learning how to resolve conflicts in the classroom. The guide first presents ideas for drawing attention to issues of conflict and peace. It then provides activities for helping students become aware of underlying causes of conflict. The guide cites the six steps to conflict resolution and states that, in addition to learning steps of a conflict management process, teachers may also work with students to enhance communication skills used in conflict management. According to the guide, these skills include understanding blocks to communication, using "I" statements, and improving listening skills--resources to teach these skills are included in the guide. The guide is divided into four broad sections: School-Wide Activities; Learning about Conflict; Communication Activities; and Conflict Management across the Curriculum. (NKA)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Communication Skills, Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Interpersonal Communication, Learning Activities, Middle Schools, School Role, School Safety, Teacher Role
The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, 77 S. High St., 24th Flr., Columbus, OH 43266-0124, (614) 752-9595, Web site: http://www.state.oh.us/cdr/.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, Columbus.; Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio