Problem Solving Rug

After introducing, teaching, and practicing using a heuristic for problem solving or conflict resolution, provide an out of the way place in the classroom for the students to use when they need to solve a problem. Introduce the rug with a story that is appropriate for the developmental age of the students. Primary students might be told that the rug has special properties to help...

Facilitate brainstorming and writing of rug rules.

Possible example of rug rules:

  1. Sit on the rug until the conflict is resolved.
  2. Keep your hands and feet from touching.
  3. Talk to ... [insert hueristic steps here]
  4. Be patient. It may take some time.
  5. Tell the teacher your agreement.