Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Problem Solving with Kelso

Recently guidance classes have been focused on problem solving and conflict resolution.  I have been making use of some resources from the program Kelso's Choice, which is a conflict management program for students in grades K-5.  We have been differentiating between small and big problems, and empowering students to make thoughtful choices to solve their own small problems.  Students will continue to hear the message that it is always okay to go to adults for support, especially when a student feels unsafe or the problem is ongoing.   You may want to encourage your child to use these strategies at home, as well!

Excerpt from the Kelso's Choice Program:

Kelso has nine choices to solve “small problems.” These are illustrated in the Kelso’s Choice Wheel. They include:
  • Go to another game
  • Talk it out
  • Share and take turns
  • Ignore it
  • Walk away
  • Tell them to stop
  • Apologize
  • Make a deal
  • Wait and cool off
When a child comes to you to solve their “small problem,” tell them to try one to two of Kelso’s Choices first. If that doesn’t work, then an adult can intervene. Make sure your kids know to ask an adult for help in the event of a “BIG problem.” 

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