We are introducing a new conflict resolution program at AISB. This program is in place to help students learn ways to solve their own social problems. The hope is that as students solve conflicts they will continue to grow their own social independence. Students will receive the program lessons during classroom circle times, counseling guidance sessions, assemblies and during small group counseling sessions. This program will be implemented the entire school year.
Kelso’s choice wheel for grades 1-3
Kelso the frog teaches students how to solve “small” problems on their own. “Small” problems include conflicts that cause “small” feelings of annoyance, embarrassment, boredom, etc. “BIG problems” always need to be taken to an adult. These are situations that are scary, dangerous, illegal, etc.
When a child comes to you to solve their “small problem,” tell them to try one to two of Kelso’s Choices first. If that doesn’t work, then an adult can intervene. Make sure your kids know to ask an adult for help in the event of a “BIG problem.”
K.C. Wheel for grades 4 & 5
K.C.’s Wheel is for the preteens (grades 4-5) that may be a little too mature for Kelso’s Choice Wheel. There are “minor problems” that cause minor feelings of annoyance, embarrassment, boredom, etc. There are also “SERIOUS problems” that need to be taken to an adult. These are situations that are scary, dangerous, illegal, etc.
The 9 Choices for solving a social conflict are:
- Make a Deal
- Tell them to stop
- Talk it out
- Wait and cool off
- Walk away
- Go to another game
- Ignore it
- Share and Take Turns (younger children)