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HAS adopts frog-based conflict management program
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Ms. Dembicki, vice principal, left, and right Mrs. Garner, right, principal of Horace Allen School show their adopted frog-based conflict management program.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Frogs know a thing or two about conflict resolution.

Why take the red-eyed tree frog of Panama. When establishing dominance to secure its mating rights, the male tree frog will shake their rumps and entire bodies at other suitors rather than engaging in the messy business of fighting.

No wonder Horace Allen School is welcoming an amphibious friend this year to teach its students how to resolve conflicts.

The school will be implementing the Kelso’s Choice Conflict Management Skills program to effectively teach young children peace-making skills. Its mascots happen to be frogs named Kelso and Lily.

HAS vice-principal Myrna Dembicki says the program is a proven resource to increase confidence, reduce tattling and is a preliminary tool to prevent bullying.

The program works by teaching students to discriminate between “big” problems that must be shared with an adult, and “small” problems that they can resolve themselves.
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When disagreements arise, students are taught to use “Kelso’s Wheel” to solve small problems. The wheel consists of nine choices include, “make a deal,” “apologize,” “tell them to stop,” “walk away,” “ignore it,” and “take turns.”

Dembicki said the school had implemented the Kelso before but plans on rebooting it this year.

“It’s another way that we can support positive behaviour and help equip kids for life with conflict management skills,” she said.

In addition, students from kindergarten to Grade 3 will be mingling at so called “lily pad parties,” so that students of all ages can mix and match.

HAS principal Elaine Garner added that the Kelso program will compliment the three school rules: take care of yourself, take care of others and take care of the school environment.
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