What an awesome idea--students teaching students! This video shows older students teaching younger students how to be a "peace keepers". It is great to see students being role models and taking pride in showing younger students how to resolve conflicts. There is also a step by step guide of how to implement this type of strategy in your classroom.
The infographics on this blog would be great to hang up in your classroom, or even have students print them out and keep them in their desk or notebooks. It is a great reminder of just how big their problem actually is, and what level of resolution is needed. Teaching your students when to seek help and when they can work it out themselves is a great skill to have especially as your students become more independent.
This book contains ready to go lesson plans that focus on five themes of social emotional learning. You will love that each lesson also contains a piece of children's literature and the standards that are addressed in the lesson. This is a great way to get all of your students involved and create a sense of community in your classroom and school!
With age comes different reasons for conflicts and you want to make sure you are prepared for whatever conflict may arise in your classroom. This book has ready to go activities that provide great stepping off points for lessons.
Another great read geared towards high-schoolers with ready to go lesson plans and activites. The lessons would be great to follow in sequential order throughout the year as conflicts and arguments are sure to happen. You will also love how many of the lessons are aligned or can be aligned to your curriculum.
Once you have laid the groundwork for working in teams, you will definitely want to pick up some specific strategies to use when a conflict arises. Check out sections 8 and 9 of this resource to implement a communication plan within the groups in your classroom. It may seem like a lot of work, but it will be well worth it in the end when all of your students are working together in perfect harmony!