Conflict Resolution


Learning Goal

Students will learn to use restorative questions in dealing with conflict.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:

  • Identify what a conflict is
  • Act out conflicts
  • Use restorative questions to resolve conflict

Learning Summary

We all experience conflict, some small and some large. It’s inevitable. This lesson introduces students to what a conflict is and gives them a few tools to be able to respond to and resolve conflict.

The lesson starts with a Mindful Moment: students silently send kindness to others. The lesson then moves to defining conflict and acknowledging how often they occur. Then you, with a student, act out a scripted conflict introducing the restorative questions: 1) What happened? 2) Who was harmed? 3) Who was responsible for what happened? 4) How can we fix this? Then in small groups, students act out conflicts in front of the class and discuss the conflict using restorative questions. After discussing each conflict and how they can be solved,
students have the option to write or draw in their journal of a recent conflict and map out how they would respond now.

computer icon    Online Teaching Tips for Conflict Resolution

For both live and recorded, review what conflict is and the steps of conflict resolution then differentiate the lesson based on your delivery method.

There are two options. You can do the activity in the lesson plan as is but it will take some prep beforehand: selecting two students to act out the scenario and send them copies of their script. The second option is to talk through the scenario as a class and ask how they would respond.

After teaching the restorative questions you can talk through the scenario from the lesson plan then have students complete the Poster Making additional activity. Conflict will definitely come up when students are learning at home, so it can be helpful for them to have the restorative questions written down and posted somewhere in their home.

CASEL Competencies

Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.

Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.

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