It has been such a busy time for us all, I haven't had time to blog. But as part of my personal growth, "sharpening the saw" is one of the 7 Habits I need to dedicate more time to. For me, blogging sharpens my saw!
Yesterday I was meeting with 2 students who were experiencing some friendship issues (I dedicate a lot of counseling sessions to this type of thing). Usually I find it is best to have all parties involved present so that we can all talk safely and honestly. Anyway, I was giving my usual "conflict resolution" strategy suggestions when the light bulb went off! Why did I never think of this?! These ARE the 7 Habits. As I've already posted, we're going through the Leader in Me process and have been teaching the 7 habits for some time now. I realized that these strategies would probably make a lot more sense to students if I used the language they are used to: 7 habits lingo. Thus, my teaching tool was born: Using the 7 Habits to Solve Conflicts. This was something that was easy for me to explain to students, made sense to them, and integrated concepts we were already teaching. I even put up this poster outside my office (which is also located right by the bathrooms that my 4th grade friends use). 4th graders by far write me the most notes about this topic, so I thought...hmm, maybe if I post this in a central location, they can try to use the skills first, BEFORE they get to me. I use the 7 habits in so many ways, but I'm still amazed to see how easily they integrate into everything I do.
How do you use the 7 Habits to teach conflict resolution?