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Conflict Resolution Workshop


Have you ever played a thumb-war? You and your friend wrestle to pin each other's thumbs down so they can't move. Nobody ever just asks the other person to let them win. We tend to use aggression rather than cooperation as our first option. Children who watch us learn that pattern, too. What can you do to show children other options?




Think of some questions that you have about conflict resolution and write them down. What do you do when children have conflicts with each other? What do you do when a child has a conflict with you?


Field Visit

As you watch, look for things that the child care provider does that you would find helpful. Should you punish a child for fighting? How else could you respond? Consider what you do with your own children.


Follow-up Discussion

Write down any new questions you have. Prepare to watch how the panelists react to the video. Keep your questions and the active learning questions in mind and take notes on one topic that interests you.


Activity: Sock Puppets

Here's your chance to think about how to apply what you've learned. How can playing with Sock Puppets help teach conflict resolution?

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"Guide to Getting Along" (481K)
"Tips on Resolving Conflicts" (826K)
"Tips on Preventing Conflicts" (777K)
Sock Puppets (507K)
Family Collage (597K)
Quiet Art (473K)
Newspaper Sculpture (509K)
Art with Salt and Ice (519K)


Related Episodes
Conflict Resolution
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Active Learning Tips
Here are some tips to get you started:
Keep questions handy as you watch. Use them as a guide to taking notes
Review questions before viewing as a reminder of what you want to learn.
Ask yourself what you would have said if you were a panel member on the show.
Use questions after viewing to reflect on what you currently do and how you might integrate perspectives or ideas from the program.
Tape a show and watch it more than once using different questions each time to focus on different kinds of information.
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