Conflict Resolution and Caring techniques in Character Education

 by Jannyce Y. Omueti

This lesson was created as a part of the SMART website and is hosted by the Illinois Institute of Technology


"You know that the beginning is the most important part of any work, especially in the case of a young and tender thing; for that is the time at which the character is being formed, and the desired impression is more readily taken. Shall we just carelessly allow children to hear any casual tales which may be devised by casual persons, and to receive into their minds ideas for the most part the very opposite of those which we should wish them to have when they are grown up?

We cannot. Anything received into the mind at that age is likely to become indelible and unalterable; and therefore it is most important that the tales which the young first hear should be models of virtuous thoughts.

Then will our youth dwell in a land of health, amid fair sights and sounds, and receive the good in everything; and beauty, the effluence of fair works, shall flow into the eye and ear, like a health-giving breeze from a purer region, and insensibly draw the soul from the earliest years into likeness and sympathy with the beauty of reason.

There can be no nobler training than that."

Plato's Republic

Conflict Resolution and Mediation
These projects focus on teaching conflict resolution and mediation skills, believing that bias will be reduced the same way that other conflicts are settled. They deal with prejudice as just one cause of conflict among many. While traditional mediation helps both sides get something they want in the settlement, these projects will not let a settlement include the continuation of behavior based on bias, because they are committed to social justice as well as to meeting the needs of the people in conflict.



  1.       To help the student be aware of the quality of caring in people; develop caring individuals.
  2.       To help students develop their concept of caring.
  3.       To help students discover that caring for others will benefit all and have widespread impact.
  4.       To emphasize that caring should be shown towards people you know as well as to those you  don't know. 
  5.       To help students be aware of different ways caring can be expressed.
  6.       To help students learn to advocate caring laws.


             To implement a caring model that emphasizes five core values: respect, trust, responsibility,
             family and caring.


This second reference actually gives programs started in other states to create safe schools through
character education.  Caring reduces conflict thereby breaking the cycle of violence in schools. 







The following organizations may help to establish more caring attitudes in our students thereby 
helping to reduce conflict.

Many of the activities and links were selected from Character Education Resources written by
Karen Krier.

Caring people develop caring individuals.  When people care for each other conflict can be drastically reduced.


Students can pledge to initiate one of the actions they develop.  They can write their pledge on the pledge form below


To show that I care about my family, 

school, and community  

 I,                                                                                                           pledge 

to do the following:

  1. _______________________________________________________________

  2. _______________________________________________________________

  3. _______________________________________________________________

  4. _______________________________________________________________

  5. _______________________________________________________________

          These forms can be put on display in the classroom and revisited on a weekly basis to keep the value contact in their lives.

  Being sensitive to caring behaviors

  Help the students list as many synonyms for caring as they can.  Ask the students to list as many words that are associated with caring as they can.

  Have the students:

           The Graphic below can be given to students to complete.  It can be displayed in the classroom




 Must be .....









Through caring one can learn to deal with one's anger.  Students can be taught to work it out.  Caring can help one to get better at getting along with others.  There are many books, videos, games and activities that can be ordered to help with handling conflict and conflict resolution. Students will learn its all about  caring that help to defuse a potential conflict.


                Includes simple questions and full-color photos of children engaged in real-life conflicts and resolutions.

More than 100 lessons with illustrated worksheets help middle school students shun anti-social behavior, get along with peers and achieve  academic  success.  



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