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Conflict Corner

I have been excited to begin the “Conflict Corner” in physical education classes this year with the help of a coaching cycle from master teacher, Emily Phillips. There is a high need for students to be able to work out many of their own problems by talking to their peers. There is also a high need for students to be able to manage their social and emotional health along with their physical health. All people, regardless of their age, need these types of lifelong skills.

Here is an article on “Trends in Social-Emotional Learning Research: What Are the Outcomes?” By Kim Gulbrandson.

When there is a problem, students ask other students to go to the “Conflict Corner” and they do their best to look at each other with their hands out and palms out.

Here is an article on a strategy to reduce anxiety, improve your ability to deal with stress, and boost your confidence. “How to Be Confident and Reduce Stress in 2 Minutes Per Day”, James Clear & Amy Cuddy

Students then must use an “I statement”: I don’t like it when you ______ or I feel ______ when you ______. Then the response must be an “I statement” as well: I will try not to do ______ or I understand why you would feel that way and I will ________.

Next the roles reverse giving the option for the student who was asked to go to the “Conflict Corner” to use an “I statement” and to receive the proper response.

Finally, they must acknowledge each other with a high five, fist pump, hug or other positive form of departure. Giving a compliment is option extra credit!

This has decreased the amount of times that students come to me and tell on students for minor problems and increased the time students are working out their problems on their own. Supervision is used depending on the age and experience of the students.

Try it at home with your own kids and see what happens! I have! And of course go outside and be active. Families that play together, stay together!

Randy Eich                                                                                       

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