[2016] Kelsey Varner: Conflict in the Classroom

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[2016] Kelsey Varner: Conflict in the Classroom

How do we resolve power struggles?

: a struggle for power, property, etc.: strong disagreement between people, groups, etc., that results often in angry arguments: a difference that prevents agreement: disagreement between ideas, feelings, etc.



-Students have competing ideas-Students have competing needs and/or desires-Students and Teachers needs compete-Students bring displaced anger from outside the class

Taking it Personal-Conflict situations can make the participants feel upset, threatened, frustrated, and/or angry. Help to control your emotional responses to challenging situations by changing your perceptions of them.Bargaining-Compromise can be a laudable way to resolve a conflict, but not when your teaching objectives get subverted by the resolution process. For example, asking a student to be less disruptive in class in exchange for a better grade on an assignment rewards unacceptable behaviour, harms your credibility, and is unfair to your other students. Make sure that your response to conflict situations is consistent with your teaching and assessment goals and is equitable to all in your course.the "Quick Fix"-A band-aid solution, like changing a grade to get rid of a student, can not solve a conflict. This strategy also rewards unacceptable behaviour, harms your credibility, and is unfair to other students.Attempting to get in the Last Word- Fighting for the last word in an argument only prolongs the arguement. Try to understand where the student is coming from, but don't add more fuel to the fire by adding a quick jab at the end.

: Try to understand the student's background and home life.: Make it a teaching moment.: React in a way that allows the student to save face.


What to avoid doing during conflicts


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