Many students don’t understand how to get along with their peers in a manner of mutual respect and cooperation. When students don’t get along, it diminishes the potential for success in the classroom. Not only are the students involved often unable to concentrate on their work, but teachers must spend valuable classroom time dealing with those in conflict.
Teachers, including those with a master of arts in teaching or master of education degree, need to create a peaceful, caring community within their classroom. This is not always a simple task. First, it is important to understand that during any conflict, two major concerns come into play—achieving our goals, and maintaining an appropriate relationship with the other person.
There are many different scenarios for classroom conflicts, and not all can be resolved in the same manner; however, there are five key conflict resolution strategies that should be understood. Often a topic among teachers in online master’s degree programs, these strategies, when implemented appropriately, can help create a classroom that is more conducive to learning. They also help teach students valuable lessons for conflict resolution that can last a lifetime.
Each of the five strategies is appropriate under a particular set of circumstances. To be truly effective in managing conflicts, teachers must engage competently in each strategy. This takes practice.
If you are seeking a master’s degree, such as a master of arts in teaching or master of education, consider Walden University. Walden’s online master’s degree programs for teachers can prepare you the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in any classroom.
Canter® is a Walden University educational partner and the strategies outlined in this article are part of the Canter course, Teaching Students to Get Along®.
Canter® Course: Teaching Students to Get Along®, Resources Section 2.
Johnson, D.W., and Johnson, R. (2005). Teaching Students To Be Peacemakers (4th Edition). Edina, MN: Interaction Book Company.
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