Al Sadiq Newsletter Issue 16/2010


 In any one school day a student will have a range of interactions with other people and circumstances. This starts from the time they get out of bed, in their travel to school, in the playground, in class, and right through to the final bell at the end of the day. They will have operated in a number of relationships including that with their peers, teachers, other students and sometimes other adults too. Within any one day there is the potential for misunderstanding, communication breakdown and misunderstandings that cause frustration, anger, resentment, disappointment, and even open conflict. I hate to say it; but that is life. Students will inevitably carry those feelings into the classroom which is supposedly the supportive learning environment where knowledge and skills are being taught. Along with effective teaching taking place in that classroom the teacher is often expected to be the skilled conflict resolver. That is a “big call” for the teacher but thankfully it is the teacher who is often the best suited to mediate disputes. They are more likely to be neutral and to clearly see and evaluate both sides of a story. The aim is to resolve the conflict quickly so that it does not escalate causing greater damage, and so that it does not impact the teaching and learning taking place.



2010 Newsletter Archive