We are just about the end of November which means all grade levels have just about finished up their conflict resolution lessons. Throughout September, October, and November, students from kindergarten through fifth grade have learned about different sizes and types of conflict as well as how to solve different types of conflict.

Check what they’ve learned! Ask your younger students the difference between big and little conflicts. They should know a big conflict needs an adult to help us solve the problem, and these are problems where somewhere is being dangerous and we feel scared. A small conflict means we aren’t scared, but we might still feel mad, sad, or frustrated. Younger students should be able to tell you the following ways to solve small problems: ignore, take turns, talk it out, apologize, move away, and take a break.

For older students, ask them what the difference is between a disagreement, rude moment, mean moment, and bullying. You can then follow up with ways to solve each type of conflict.