Mention “conflict” in the context of school kids and “bully” often comes to mind. Tormenters are the most visible and talked-about sources of student conflict, but tension can also come in other forms.
Managed properly, conflict can be constructive. Disagreements help students find ways to work together, gain new perspectives, re-think old ideas and conceptions, and strengthen interpersonal relationships.
But to keep arguments from boiling over into destructive events, conflict resolution skills for kids should be kept top of mind as an educational goal.
Those skills will serve students well throughout their lives. The first step in helping students master these skills is understanding their emotions and help them see how feelings can affect the outcome of a quarrel. Students who learn to control their emotions can resolve squabbles before they deteriorate.