Resolving Conflict in the Classroom


A kid isn’t playing fair at recess.

Two students are arguing over who goes first.

Someone is spreading a hurtful rumor.

Conflict…it’s one of the hardest things for kids to navigate during the school day. It can disrupt learning, cause low self-esteem, and affect the overall culture of the classroom. Teaching students how to handle small challenges independently is SO important and empowering!

Read on to find out how we work through conflict and grab some FREE resources that you can use with your students.

Conflict in the classroom is pretty much unavoidable. When you have several students interacting with each other day in and day out, challenges are bound to arise. What we realized is that our students didn’t know what to do when dealing with issues beyond telling a teacher or handling it in a negative manner.

We decided to give them the tools they needed to be able to handle the small everyday challenges. This is why we created our Be a Hero: Conflict Resolution Unit. The posters below show how we use the acronym H.E.R.O to help students work through conflict.

We practice taking the students through several different scenarios and show them how they can be “super heroes” when solving conflict. Here is an example of how you would walk your students through the problem solving process.

We also realized that a huge part of classroom culture and community is the mindset that students come to school with each day. Having a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset can really guide students to make positive choices when working through conflict.

Our Growth Mindset Quote Journal has a quote for each week that students reflect on and then they decide on a “superpower” that they will practice. These are qualities such as kindness, compassion, empathy, patience, etc. that are also introduced in the HERO program.

Check out this FREEBIE with activities from both of the resources mentioned above.

And if you think you might like to try out either of these in your classroom, click below to find out more!

We hope you can use these ideas to help teach your students how to solve conflicts in your own classroom and in their everyday lives.

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