Whether it’s dealing with problems and difficult people, struggling to get along in a group setting to achieve a set goal, or simply trying to avoid a public meltdown from someone………we must develop the skills necessary to complete any task while being able to get along with others effectively. It doesn’t matter if you’re 13 or 33, everyone needs to acquire these skills in order to function productively in our society today. Below is some basic information for teachers and schools on challenges currently faced by teens, as well as some creative ways to implement conflict resolution skills in the classroom.

Basic Information:

  • Teens are easily and powerfully influenced by their peers. They will listen to their peers long before they listen to a teacher, or any adult for that matter.
  • There are 3 outcomes to conflict: win-win, win-lose, and lose-lose.*
  • There are 3 responses to conflict: passive (tend to be more non-verbal), aggressive (tend to be physical), and assertive.*
  • Teens often only know to handle conflicts by either running away or fighting. They are not aware of other methods that can be used to successfully resolve a conflict.

Activities:

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* Dunn, D. (2009, 9 23). education & schools. Retrieved 12 8, 2012, from examiner.com: http://www.examiner.com/school-conflict-resolution-in-national/debbie-dunn?page=1