Exclusive Conflict Resolution Resources

Exclusive Conflict Resolution Resources by Suzanne Marie- student in black hat sitting cross legged on couch in library reading a book

In this blog post, I share a list of the most comprehensive strategies and resources for teaching teenagers conflict management and conflict resolution skills.

If you’re a high school teacher looking to incorporate conflict resolution skills into your lessons, you’re in luck. There are a number of tried and true strategies and lesson plans in this blog post that will help your students learn how to resolve conflicts peacefully.

Teaching High School Students Conflict Resolution Skills

We all know high school can be a time of great emotional stress. Learning how to resolve conflicts healthily is an essential skill for students and will serve them well throughout their lives. As educators, we can help our students develop social skills by teaching them specific techniques for managing conflict.

As someone who works with high school students daily, I can attest to the importance of teaching them conflict resolution skills. But unfortunately, I often see students who quickly resort to violence or other destructive behaviors when faced with a conflict.

Educators must model healthy conflict resolution methods so that students can properly learn how to resolve conflicts on their own. There are a variety of strategies and lesson plans in this blog post that teachers can use to teach their students about conflict resolution.

Conflict Resolution Techniques

Teaching students specific techniques for managing conflict can help them develop healthy skills for resolving conflict. However, when it comes to conflict resolution, high school students need to know various strategies they can use to come to a solution.

Role Play

One comprehensive strategy for teaching high school students conflict resolution skills is to have them role-play different scenarios. Role play activities help students understand and see both sides of the issue and how to manage a disagreement calmly.

Group Discussions

Another way to teach these skills is by having group discussions about times when they’ve faced conflict and what could have been done differently. But, again, it’s vital that students feel comfortable openly discussing these issues so that they can learn and grow from their experiences.

Emotional Intelligence

It is proven that emotionally intelligent people bring a positive attitude to a conflict, which leads to better and more creative solutions. Building on this idea, teachers who encourage their students to approach conflict with a positive attitude learn more and could better apply what they have learned to future situations.

Communication Skills

Some ways to resolve conflict include active listening communication strategies. Reflecting skills are essential active listening techniques for students to learn. These strategies are crucial and help prepare students to be better communicators. If students can learn how to communicate effectively, they will be more likely to resolve conflicts as they arise.

Conflict Management Styles

Learning about how conflict management styles work is also crucial. When students understand each of the five styles, they know insights into the main types of conflict and the character traits of each conflict management style.

Conflict Management Model

Sometimes both parties involved in a conflict have valid points but are unwilling to budge on their stance. Conflict resolution will not be successful unless both parties are willing to work together to find a solution. Students who learn about a proven conflict management model are equipped to face the world and manage internal conflict and external conflict with others.

Point of View

Students must be willing to put their opinions forward. The first thing they should do when a conflict occurs is to try to figure out what’s going on. Instead of jumping in immediately to resolve the dispute, they can learn a process to help them think first about things from the other’s perspective. When they create space and time to reflect on the point of view of others and give it some thought, they are prepared for potentially difficult conversations.

The blog posts listed below include several conflict resolution techniques that are easily added to unit plans and lesson plans. These are some of the themes you will find in pdf format:

  • communication skills
  • comprehension strategies
  • short stories
  • example of each type of conflict
  • interests, needs, and underlying concerns in conflict
  • causes of different kinds of conflict
  • context clues
  • different types of conflict function
  • literature worksheets

Teachers are welcome to copy these strategies in unit and lesson planning.

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If you are an educator, parent, or grandparent and looking for practical strategies to use with children, concepts to understand, and ideas that can be easily implemented about how to create space for self and others, you have landed in the right spot.

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