Group Activities for Conflict Resolution

Instructor: Joanna Harris

Joanna has taught high school social studies both online and in a traditional classroom since 2009, and has a doctorate in Educational Leadership

Teacher looking for activities that teach conflict resolution solutions will benefit from this lesson. This lesson is also valuable to teachers who instruct students with behavioral issues and students with Behavior Intervention Plans.

Conflict Resolution

The inclusion classroom requires teachers to instruct students with different learning styles, capabilities, and disabilities in a fair and equitable manner from the same lesson plan. This means that teachers in today's classrooms must find ways to modify assignments that address their student differences. This also means that teachers must find ways to accommodate and educate students with behavioral issues and Behavior Intervention Plans.

A Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) is a formulation of techniques teachers must use to intervene and redirect negative behaviors for students who have been identified and diagnosed with behavior disabilities and issues. These plans are created by school counselors, teachers, and parents during a student's Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting held for all students identified as special education or in need of 504 plan modifications.

Teachers are mandated by federal laws like the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1975 (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to use the techniques listed in a student's BIP and IEP for students with behavior issues instead of traditional methods like office referrals and detention. This means that teachers must find ways to redirect student behavior in class through activities and techniques that mitigate behavior issues among students.

Conflict resolution is when two or more people involved in a dispute find ways to solve the disagreement through peaceful dialogue or by coming to some sort of compromise or agreement that resolves the issue without resorting to physicality. When teachers use conflict resolution with students, they are the mediator and/or peacemaker who guides students engaged in conflict to a peaceful resolution.

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