The group inquiring into how conflicts can be peacefully resolved at school wanted to find out what kind of conflicts people at ISS were having. They reported their research plans back to the class, and received feedback suggesting they could create a survey.
Two students decided to work on writing a survey, while the other group members made posters to put around the school advertising the conflict box.
When Johnny got home, he told his mom about his group's plans to survey students at school about the types of conflicts they have and how they resolve them. Deirdre then volunteered to come to class and offer her expertise in marketing and creating and interpreting surveys.
Deirdre: Have you thought about what you want to find out?
Arwyn: Have you ever had a conflict? What types of conflict do you have?
Deirdre: Those would be good questions for inside our survey, but we need to think about the big idea we want to answer first. Would it be how do we peacefully resolve conflicts?
There are lots of ways we can do the survey questions. You could use a smiley face or sad face, 'yes or no', 'agree or disagree'. You could do it online using Survey Monkey.
Emma: You could do a check and a cross like mine.
Deirdre: Sure. I asked Johnny about how many people he wants to ask and he said everyone.
Emma: I asked my group and my group said I needed to make more and more.
Arwyn: For everyone on the playground.
Deirdre: While that is a nice idea to ask everyone, it is probably too ambitious. You probably want to start with, for example all of Grade 1. Have a group, for example, a certain age. Even in this class we have a nice cross sample.
When you are doing a survey, how many questions do you want to ask?
Emma: About 5.
Arwyn: 5 or 6.
Deirdre: Not more than...
Griff: Not more than about 10.
Deirdre: You can do open-ended questions. For example, you could ask what somebody's favourite movie is and they could answer. Or you can ask close-ended questions, 'yes or no', smiley faces or give 2 or more options.
Once we do our survey, we can do a graph. For example, a bar graph. Do you use bar graphs?
Deirdre: So after you get your surveys back, you can make a graph and interpret your results.
Who uses the conflict box is it just for the class or for everyone?
Emma: It's for everyone.
Deirdre: Does everyone know about it?
Emma: Well, like everyone on this floor.
Griff: But actually right now it is mainly us that's using it. Maybe we could tell the student council reps, Adam and Arwyn, to talk about it at the assembly.
Siena: And posters around the school to tell people about it.
Arwyn: That's what we are planning to do. We started making one yesterday.
Johnny: And we are going to put out more conflict boxes in different places.
Deirdre: Okay, if it's mostly this floor, should we start by asking the Grade 1 and 2 students?
Arwyn: And maybe the Grade 3 students too.
Deirdre: Should we give possible answers?
Deirdre: Okay, so first question?
Emma: Do you have conflicts?
Griff: But everyone has conflicts.
Nora: Yes, everyone does. Well, unless you are like a small baby or something.
Arwyn: Maybe they have conflicts too.
Deirdre: Okay, should we start with the assumption that everyone has conflicts then? Who helps you with conflicts?
Griff pointing to Ms Leah: Teacher.
Siena: Kelso's Choices.
Deirdre: Do you ever solve conflicts on your own?
Emanie: Or sometimes your friends help you.
Adam: Brothers, sisters...
Deirdre: We can type in the question and add the choices.
What are Kelso's Choices?
Emma: The frogs are giving examples of things you can do if you have a conflict, like you can ignore it, talk it out, tell them to stop, cool off...
Arwyn: Go to another game.
Emma: Another question maybe what kind of conflicts do they have. Do they fight over the toys?
Griff: Different ideas. Like maybe one person thinks this book is the best, and another thinks a different book is the best.
Siena: Maybe whether a story is true or not. Like one person thinks it's a true story and the other one thinks it is not true. Also secrets.
Claire: Hurt feelings.
Emma: Over balls, whose turn it is.
Deirdre: Okay, what else should we ask?
Ms Leah: Should we include a question about internal conflict?
Ms Leah: What are some possible answers about a type of internal conflict someone might have?
Griff: Like being afraid of something.
Emanie: Yesterday, Emma was really scared. I tried to help her. I said, "Don't worry, Emma. I'm coming!"
Siena: I was helping Lucy, because she was really scared. I had an internal conflict, because the instructors kept telling me to keep going but I wanted to help Lucy. It was a conflict between following the rules and helping my friend.
Lucy: I was mostly scared, because I'm afraid of heights.
Emma: I kept looking down and it was very, very high. I didn't think it was going to be so high. I got scared and I couldn't move.
Johnny: I tried to help Ethan. Then I went past him. Then he went past me. We made a double knot. So the guy had to come over and cut it.
Arwyn: I was walking and shaking. I didn't want to keep going.
Griff: We can ask what kind of internal conflicts do you have? Like are you afraid of something.
Siena: Do I follow the rules or do I break them to help someone?
Lucy: Is it okay to do something you know is wrong?
Shotaro: Peer pressure
Once we finished our survey, we shared the link with the Grade 2 and 3 teachers and asked them to share it with their students.
Grade 1 students can answer the survey using the link below: