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Kelso's Choice Teacher Overview

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Bridget Kummer

on 14 February 2014

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Transcript of Kelso's Choice Teacher Overview

Students are empowered to solve their own problems and also learn when it’s appropriate to ask an adult for help. We find that by teaching students the skills needed to resolve their own problems, they are empowered for LIFE with valuable tools they’ll need in middle school, on a job, or in a family.
Small Problems or
Big Problems
Students learn conflict can happen anywhere, especially at school, while playing at recess, in the lunch room…the list goes on and on.

Kelso the frog teaches students how to solve “small” problems on their own. “Small” problems include conflicts that cause “small” feelings of annoyance, embarrassment, boredom, etc.

“BIG problems” always need to be taken to an adult. These are situations that are scary, dangerous, illegal, etc.
Kelso's Wheel
Kelso teaches 9 different ways to solve a small problem. Students must try at least 2 choices before geting help from an adult.
Big Problems
These are problems that students should immediately come to an adult for help. They cannot use one of Kelso's Choices. They tend to be dangerous or frightening. It usually means that someone might get hurt. Examples are bullying, threats, physical fighting, home issues, etc.
Small Problems
These type of problems are ones that the student should be able to handle themselves based one their age. As they become older, the more small problems they can handle. They are not dangerous or frightening and no one is likely to get hurt. Examples are friendship issues, normal classmate conflicts, name calling, poor sportsmanship, etc.
What to do when a student comes to you with a small problem?
Ask them if the problem is big or small.
Which of Kelso's Choices have they tried?
Encourage them to discuss what Kelso's Choice could they use.
If they are able to share with you the 2 Kelso's Choices they used and how they used them, then you can step in and assist.
Kelso's Choices
Conflict Management
Teachers are essential in helping students learn and use Kelso's Choices when they are faced with a problem. Although students will learn the concept in guidance class. Teachers are there for the teachable moments and to reinforce the skills. As a teacher, you will need to help students stop and think about their problem and how to solve it. Also, model the thought process and problem solving skills.
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