Do you ever tire of students asking you to solve problems they may encounter with other students? If so, Pete For Problems, A Conflict Resolution Meeting is just what you’re looking for! With Common Core State Standards stating that “21st century learners must learn and demonstrate the skills of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity”, we must provide them the necessary tools to manage relationships effectively! Pete For Problems does just this for you.
Students completely enjoy Conflict Resolution Meetings and they help students to learn problem-solving strategies as well as develop compassion for their peers. They begin to understand the importance and value of putting themselves in another person's place in order to understand other points of view.
Each week, students who experience problems at school, write letters to Pete For Problems. Teachers select letters that represent a problem/situation that many students have experienced, or may experience in the future so that students can plan how to resolve the conflict. Then the teacher-selected letter(s) is/are featured at a Conflict Resolution Meeting once a week. Students collaborate to find possible solutions for the problem at hand and present their ideas to the class. Response letters are written to the student who wrote the letter with the agreed upon suggestions.
In this packet, you will find the following:
• Connection to Common Core State Standards
• Key concepts students need to know
• Conflict Resolution Meeting Description and steps to follow.
• Student Role Sheet with definitions
• Peacemaker Card
• Group Evaluation Sheet
• Blank letter for student to write about problem
• Teacher response letter form (Students may instead write a
• Alternatives to Violence Sheet
• Titles for books regarding Conflict Resolution