Elementary School Assembly
for Conflict Resolution
It's OK to Walk Away
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There is a difference between bullying and conflict. This elementary school assembly explains why they are different and offers up ways to resolve them.
What is conflict?
How to avoid and work through a conflict
What anger is and how to peacefully control it
Students will gain a better knowledge of how to control anger, reduce stress and search for a peaceful proactive solution. They will be able to understand how important it is that they stop, think before they react and apply the strategies given to prevent school violence build on good student characteristics.
A 40-45 minute elementary program that shares tools students can easily implement to help avoid conflict, and work through a conflict. In addition, they are given tools they can use to properly control their anger. They will also discover why sometimes it is smarter to just walk away.
Elementary school speaker Richard Paul uses three colorful funny characters to playfully illustrate what a conflict is and why from time to time we find ourselves in a disagreement with our friends or family members. He share examples about how to make the right choices when it comes to working through and releasing angry thoughts and frustrations.
What exactly is conflict?
When there is a conflict there is equal power, both sides are angry, it is not intentional, happens occasionally, there is remorse and both sides and in most cases have a willingness to resolve it.
Normal peer conflict is not bullying and it is a natural occurrence. Through conflict children learn how to be more empathic, kinder and learn the meaning of compromise.
Parents may not like to hear this, but the truth is, all children are egocentric or self-centered. Especially when they are in grades K-2. During this time they believe a good friend is one who will give them what they want. For example: Billy won't play house with Sue, so he is not invited to her birthday party.
Another issue is most children don't understand anger. Some are taught to stifle it or are told it is bad to get angry. The truth is everyone gets angry at themselves and at others. This is why we need to teach them that anger is one of our many emotions and there is a right way and a wrong way to express it.
At this school assembly, through humor, storytelling and ventriloquism, the students learn that conflict is part of life. They come to understand that from time to time they will be in a situation where there will be some kind of disagreement or frustration and from these minor conflicts they will learn fairness, kindness and the true meaning of friendship.
" With the help of audience participation, Mr. Paul talked to the students about how to avoid conflict. He encouraged the students to speak kindly to one another, use their manners, and be patient. When conflict does arise, Mr. Paul suggested that the students take a deep breath, think of creative ways to resolve conflict or ask others for help in solving the conflict."
Sara, Robert J. West Middle School, Taylor, MI
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