Suit Up & Save the World 

Conflict resolution strategies presented in a super-hero themed assembly. In an interactive collection of skits & songs, students discover their real-life (non-violent!) super powers to save humanity from its biggest enemies: hate, fear, and anger.

Your students will learn steps and tools that they can use to become their own real-life super hero and solve their own conflicts.

Participants learn and practice skills like:

- how to effectively interrupt the conflict cycle

- using "I" statements to communicate emotions & desires

- different conflict- resolution strategies

Assembly

Here's what other educators have to say about Suit Up & Save the World:

The kids were very engaged throughout the entire performance. It was great!- Teacher, Edward Byrom ES

The message is fabulous. Teacher, Edward Byrom ES

Rick is a great storyteller! My class loves hearing about his experiences.- Jacob Wismer ES

Kids had fun and it was very positive. Very fun and engaging. -Jacob Wismer ES

The message Rick delivers is spectacular and all 700+ students really enjoyed the program!- Jacob Wismer ES

10/10! - Glenfair ES

Lesson Plans & Research on Conflict Resolution

From Responsive Classroom:

https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/coaching-children-in-handling-everyday-conflicts/

From Communities in Schools in North Carolina:

http://www.cisnc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/EB3_Conflict-Resolution.pdf

Conflict is a natural part of life that occurs whenever there is dissent between one’s needs, desires, and/or demands. Conflict is neither positive nor negative; rather it is our reaction to it that determines if its outcomes will be constructive or destructive (Crawford & Bodine, 1996).

Human conflicts usually occur due to one of three reasons: lack of resources, unmet basic needs, and/or disputants with differing values (Crawford & Bodine, 1996; Palmer, 2001). Also, these conflicts result in three different responses that produce specific outcomesSoft responses include behaviors such as avoidance, accommodation, withdrawal, and compromise. These responses will result in a loss for the disputant that gave in and a win for the other or it may result in a loss for both disputants if the resolution does not meet either of their needs. Behaviors associated with Hard responses include forcing, threating, yelling, aggression and anger. They too tend to result in a Lose-Lose or Win-Lose scenario in favor of the aggressor. The last set of responses is called Principled responses. Principled behavior includes positive conflict resolution skills like listening, understanding and respecting, all of which use a problem-solving process to create Win-Win.

Examples of grade-appropriate books can be found on Alita Zurav Letwin’s “Examining Issues of Violence and Conflict Resolution” website or Trudy Ludwig’s “Recommended Readings” website.