Carina (HR teacher) and Dee (LS Teacher, KG-G2)
Gecko’s Choice is first introduced to Kindergarten students and then revisited at each grade level, to consolidate and extend their understanding of the different strategies that support them with conflict resolution.
Why teach conflict resolution?
“Conflict is a normal part of any healthy relationship. After all, two people can’t be expected to agree on everything, all the time.” Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., and Melinda Smith, M.A. – HELPGUIDE.ORG
“Problems don’t go away if you ignore them – in fact usually they get worse. It’s a good idea to face problems and get them sorted out as soon as you can.” Dr Kim – Kids’ Health
Helping students from an early age to learn the skills of conflict resolution prepares them for developing strong, healthy and successful relationships throughout their life.
Gecko’s Choice empowers students to solve their own ‘small/ minor’ problems in and out of the classroom. There are nine choices that are taught and practised with support. Students are encouraged to try two of these choices before asking an adult for help.
In Grade 1 Gecko’s choice is linked to the essential agreements created by the students at the beginning of school year. The first unit of inquiry, Interactions provided opportunities for the students to explore the problem-solving strategies of Gecko’s Choice. Some examples of scaffolded learning included:
- ‘I’ statements with sentence starters to support one of Gecko’s Choice, Talking it Out.
2. We identified, explored and practiced different ways to calm down. This supports the Gecko’s Choice, Wait and Cool Off.
Booking Making in Action
How to CALM DOWN
Each student chose one of the calming down strategies they felt the most comfortable with, to create their page for their class book.
Later the book was published in book creator and shared with parents through the students’ individual blogs.