Skill: Negotiate Differences/Compromise
Goal: Improve conflict management skills
Objective(s): Student will demonstrate awareness of the need to compromise with others.
2. What is the problem?
3. Talk about it together.
4. Try to solve it together.
5. Get an adult if the problem continues.
Teacher brings in cartoon depicting a bully character (Turtles, Popeye, Garfield, etc.).
"I brought in a cartoon for us to watch. I want you to see if you can find someone in the cartoon who always has to have his way."
"Who can tell me which character had to always have his way?" (elicit student responses)
"Good. Do you know anyone like that?" (elicit student responses)
"Do you like to play with that person?" (elicit student responses)
"Do you ever try to get that person to do what you want?" (elicit student responses)
"Do they do it?" (elicit student responses)
"We are going to talk about the word compromise. Have you ever heard of compromise?" (elicit student responses)
"Do you know what compromise means?" (elicit student responses)
Teacher writes definition of compromise on the board and reads it to class:
"A compromise might happen when two people want to order a pizza but want different kinds. What could they do if one wants a sausage pizza and the other wants a pepperoni pizza?" (elicit student responses)
State goal of lesson:
"Today I am going to tell you some steps that will help you learn how to compromise."
Define the process steps:
Teacher writes process steps on chalkboard with picture cues or presents previously made poster.
"Tomorrow I will act out how to use the steps to help you learn how to compromise."
"I want each of you to think of a time when you might use this skill and share with the class tomorrow."
Social Skills Curriculum Guide, 1992
Special School District of St. Louis County