After recently reading this, it took me back to a section from Carol Dweck's book, Mindset (please see my first post). Both Dweck and Brooks highlight similar issues, '... they bathe one another in oceans of affirmations and praise, as if buttressing one another against some insecurity.' However in this opinion piece Brooks acknowledges more readily, the various other factors that are brought into play in our lives.
This article argues that today, many students are 'more accomplished than past generations, but more emotionally fragile' and references 'helicopter parents, who protect their children from setbacks and hardships. They supervise playground conflict so kids never learn how to handle disputes.
Good practise within PE promotes more than just student participation in sports, amongst other aspects there is a big focus upon children's social and emotional development. As a team, one of the big successes in PYP PE at AISB was the use of our conflict corner.
A PE teaching environment is a unique space within the school day where, for example, when running around two Grade 1 students may bump into each other, or in a Grade 4 class another student may believe a class mate is not playing fairly and these situations can cause conflict, which can lead to an ideal teaching situation.
We implemented the Conflict Corner midway through last year, after noticing as a team we were spending too much time dealing with minor squabbles between students. After initially creating the space and modelling the process, students began to take control of their own feelings and began to mediate issues together. Conflicts are a regular part of every day life, the Conflict Corner gives students productive ways to handle conflict within PE and hopefully they can take these skills into areas outside the gym where they have conflict.