this session with the Pearson Teacher Fellowship Summer Training
Institute, Betsy facilitates the creation of a “brain”, and its many
connections, in order to actively demonstrate to students the effect
of supportive strategies on learning. Betsy subsequently supports
the students’ efforts as they practice the problem-solving
strategies in role-plays.
working with young children, we often encounter conflict. Without
tools to help children work though conflict, such incidents can be
frustrating for both children and adults. Often, it is not clear
what happened, what the underlying issues are, or what is the most
effective way to respond.
The trainings and workshops
have been designed to teach a range of skills for working with children
in conflict. The aim is for such disputes to become positive and
rich learning experiences for both children and adults.
During the trainings and
workshops participants will have the opportunity to
- Identify sources of
conflict in the classroom
- Learn strategies to
diffuse or prevent conflicts
- Discover and practice
problem-solving approaches to conflict
- Develop awareness of
one's own feelings and beliefs when mediating conflicts
- View video clips from
actual classroom conflicts
In addition the training
teaches how to
- Respond to strong
feelings evoked by conflicts
- Support children to
devise their own solutions to problems
- Facilitate small-group
meetings to resolve issues affecting the entire class
Each participant in a
training receives a manual detailing the highlights presented, including
a range of practical activities and resource information.
As participants learn the
six steps for resolving conflicts, these questions will be answered:
- How do I approach
children in conflict?
- What questions are
- What can I do when a
child is feeling angry?
- How can I
constructively handle my own frustration and anger?
- How can I set limits
that help children learn new ways of interacting?
- What can I do about
problems, like name-calling, that are affecting the whole classroom?
Parents and Teachers
- Learn six strategies
for mediating conflicts with toddlers, preschoolers, and
- Learn numerous
strategies for reducing the number of conflicts that can occur in the
classroom and home.
- Consider developmental
characteristics of children from toddlers to elementary age that impact
conflict resolution learning.
- Explore ways to
structure conflict resolution discussions in small classroom groups or
- Learn specific
language strategies that support the conflict resolution process and
encourage new language skills.
- Understand how to
constructively model the expression of strong adult feelings to
- Learn strategies for
setting limits positively and clearly so that children will respond
quickly and cooperatively.
- View video footage of
actual conflicts that have occurred between children in a variety of
- Identify the common
sources of conflicts.
- Hear true stories of
children of different ages who have experienced conflict resolution
and become independent problem-solvers themselves.
inquire about scheduling and training, please email Betsy at
or click here to contact us.
People Are Saying:
appreciated the clarity, simplicity, and wisdom of the presentation.
This work with typical children and children with special needs is very
important. It was a very energizing event.
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful; great
info, great presentation, one of the best workshops I have ever been to.
Finally a hands-on, child-centered solution to conflicts that is useful
on a daily basis.
Betsy has a very calming way of
explaining the problem-solving steps.
Betsy was well-prepared and used
beneficial videos and handouts.
Thanks so much for this! It was
wonderful. I got so much from it.
Betsy is an excellent facilitator. She
models what she teaches, with an easygoing sense of humor.
The workshop really dealt with problems
we all encounter and how to solve them.
The activities were excellent for
reinforcing, understanding, and helping me retain knowledge. I liked
the heightened awareness of biases, without making people feel guilty.
This workshop encouraged participants to use knowledge to make
themselves better educators.
Betsy is very knowledgeable; she used
children’s interests and motivation as cues for curriculum.
I learned that if you think about the
situation and approach with calmness, open-minded to what is going on,
the outcome will be a lot different than if you approach with authority.
Betsy is still involved directly with
children and shared her own experiences, mixing theory with real
situations. This made it meaningful.
I liked that there was lots of variety in
the presentation: role-plays, videos, small groups, overheads, and
The presentation style was informal and
comfortable. It always kept my interest with the many different
I liked Betsy’s style and demeanor. She
not only talked to us about dealing with children respectfully but dealt
with us in the same manner. That was very pleasant.
A clear, professional,
Experiencing Difficulties or Difficult Child?” training
“It was an excellent
workshop with hands-on examples to make concepts concrete, with the seed
in the shoe and the brain activities. Very interactive.” Jennifer
(School for the Deaf)
Betsy’s session on the
“Difficult Child” put it all into perspective for me. She is a wonderful
presenter who knows how the classroom teachers feel.” Kenneth (School
for the Deaf)
I think that this
workshop was one of the best in its effectiveness with hands-on and
information. I learned more about how to deal with emotions with
children and adults. Thank you. Regina (School for the Deaf)
Resolution with Young Children” training:
resolution skill workshop has empowered me to be an effective mediator.
The activities were enlightened – they appealed to our emotions and
senses. The brain synapse connections really informed us that we play a
major role in forming children’s minds. Beulah
Betsy was great! We went through the materials enough “in class”
but not so in depth to be bored. This inspired me to go home and go over
it all more closely. Great mix of “sit and listen” and “get up and
To inquire about scheduling and
training, please contact Betsy at
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