Of all of the conflict resolution strategies (or Kelso’s Choices), “Talk it Out” or “I-Messages” or “I-Statements” are my absolute favorite. It is such an incredible tool in promoting a positive classroom climate, encouraging independent problem solving, and developing healthy social skills. These are also an excellent part of a classroom using restorative practices because they provide students practice with affective statements before an actual problem arises.
The first step in scaffolding the development of this skill is for students to practice giving I-messages to one another using these 42 pre-written “Talk it Out”/”I-Message” task cards. I like to use these in a modified Quiz, Quiz, Trade (or more of a Read, Read, Trade!) activity but they could also work in Concentric Circles, with whisper phones, or any other way you choose.
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