What's a school to do when they find their teachers are spending more time with discipline issues than teaching in their classrooms?
They get proactive, empower their students and reward good behavior.
Yale Elementary School fourth graders will learn how to become conflict managers and will eventually mentor and mediate their fellow students on the playground and in class.
This new conflict management class, is just part of a district-wide pilot program called Positive Behavior Support, or PBS, currently in some APS schools.
Students will learn communication skills, effective active listening, how to recognize feelings, empathy and relaxation techniques to help them manage conflict in their daily lives.
Using techniques like S.T.P--stop, think and plan, students are able to think about their actions. They will also learn to cool down, gain an "ignore it" power and what to say to themselves to stay strong and be assertive.
This year's fourth graders who are taught to be mediators will return as fifth graders next year as conflict managers on the playground. Next year's fourth graders will continue the conflict training.
The morning training sessions will be more of a group dynamic, then they break for lunch and playground time. The afternoon sessions will focus on individual attention.