This paper relates three scenarios depicting student/student, teacher/student, and teacher/teacher conflicts and how they were resolved. The author's opinions are expressed in either agreement or disagreement with the manner of conflict resolution, as well as presents recommendations for conflict resolution at the end of the paper.
A 6th grade student named Anne, said she had a headache and wanted to skip the last two classes of the day. As I came into the room, Anne's teacher was already arguing with Anne. Anne said she wanted to go home and the teacher said she may not. They are at the stage of their argument where the teacher has already mentioned that if Anne continues on, the teacher would be forced to send her to the principal's office. From what I have heard and seen since I came into the room, I was almost certain that Anne did not have a headache and was just trying to skip school. While all these were going on, the rest of the class was silent, intent on watching who would eventually win out in the argument. The teacher was deliberately trying to keep her voice down but the pitch of Anne's voice was increasingly rising. Finally, when the teacher could not make Anne do want she wanted her to do, she told Anne to step outside so she can talk to her there. In the meantime, the teacher faced the rest of the class and gave them a seatwork which immediately elicited groans. I then stepped outside, too, to check what Anne was doing. Anne was merely standing outside the classroom. She would not be able to leave the school premises, anyway, unless she had an authorization pass from her teacher or the principal's office. When the teacher came out, she told Anne that this would be the last time she was going to sign an authorization pass for her and told her not to come back to class anymore if she will not take her studies seriously. And then, the teacher and I went back inside the classroom.
I tend to agree with how the teacher handled the situation at the time it was happening since it was a choice between pursuing the argument with the student or continuing to handle an ongoing class. However, I do believe that that incident involving Anne should have a follow-up action. If what happened with Anne was a habitual occurrence, this would suggest a deeper problem than merely a student who was feeling bored or lazy with school work on an off day.
Teacher - Teacher Scenario
Three teachers who were handling subjects in the same class were having a case conference. They were discussing what should be done with Anthony, a 6th grader, who was constantly in trouble, skipping classes, not doing homework, being disruptive in class, and so on. Two of the teachers were arguing about what to do with Anthony. Teacher A wanted him suspended, while teacher B said suspensions do not work. Their argument was getting heated. Anthony's records showed that he had already been given a 5-day suspension in the past. The teachers have also met with his parents several times and were always supportive. Anthony had had one-on-one sessions many times with his teachers and the principal but it seemed to no avail as Anthony continues with his disruptive behavior. Anthony has kept on