Conflict or disagreement is normal and often happens when children get together. However, hurtful words, gestures, or physical attack are unacceptable ways to deal with conflict and disagreement at school. In the younger grades we have begun an exciting new conflict management program entitled Kelso’s Choice. This program features a frog named Kelso, who teaches students to differentiate between small problems that they can solve and those that are potentially dangerous and serious.
Our goal at Lee Elementary is to teach students several positive ways to deal with these minor conflict situations. To do this, we are asking students who have minor problems to try at least two of the following ideas:
1. Go to another game or activity.
2. Share and take turns.
4. Walk away from the problem.
5. Ignore the problem behavior.
6. Tell the person to stop the problem behavior.
8. Make a deal or compromise.
9. Cool off.
In kindergarten we learned about each choice and then colored our own wheel:
In first grade we made our own Kelso puppets:
In second grade we filled in the choices we remembered then drew out examples of how we could use Kelso's choices:
We also watched this fun music video, "It's Your Choice Baby!"