Then I introduce the 3 ways we respond to conflict as human beings: like a mouse, like a monster, or like me. We wrote down examples of how each would respond to a conflict in our flip book. For example, a mouse might ignore, stay quiet, etc. A monster might yell, push back, etc. Me might be assertive, use I Message, etc. We created flipbooks to help learn about each of our possible reactions and discuss which works the best.
After we had a clear understanding of each of the 3 types of responses, we acted them out. I printed out large masks of a mouse and a monster for students to wear to show the different ways we might respond.
Some of the role plays included:
- My friend won't play with me.
- He poked me.
- She called me names.
- He cut in line.
- Ms. Sepp didn't pick me to act out scenarios. :)