Preschool classroom conflict

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Preschool classroom conflict

How should a teacher handle conflict resolution in the classroom? The best way to handle conflict resolution in the classroom is to teach the children how to handle it themselves. When children learn how to handle their own conflicts, you're going to find that this will travel with them through the rest of their lives. What we have at my school, we have Peace Mats. So we take out the Peace Mat and we sit children down on the mat together and we scaffold for them the language that they should use to handle their conflicts. If you take a child and you discipline them and send them off when they're having a conflict, they're never going to learn the lesson of how to resolve things and those conflicts will keep happening again and again.

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Sara Schuelein Perets

Preschool Director

Sara Schuelein Perets is the founder and director of The Sunshine Shack preschool and the co-founder of Super Duper Arts Camp which is a summer camp and after school enrichment program designed for ages four to 14. Sara also teaches seminars and workshops to educators on process based art and exploration and is a parent educator. 

Sara’s original background was in art and classical texts and her first teaching assignment was teaching Shakespeare in Middle Schools. This experience inspired her to further her education in teaching where she found her true calling in early childhood.  She became fascinated by observing how young children could learn and develop from interacting with their environments. She has been working in the early childhood field for 15 years. Sara is passionate about raising awareness of the importance for quality in the early childhood field.

Sara’s approach to working with young children is one of respect and empathy while seeing each child for their individual needs.  Her workshops on child-led, process-based art reflects the child’s ideas and views of their world. Her seminars for parents are focused on the importance of how language can reflect who they are and how they see themselves. She believes our language and communication are powerful tools to help children gain critical thinking skills. 

Sara lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three sons.

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