Today’s post is a joint effort by Uzay Ashton (@UzayAshton, blog) and Louie Barnett (@louiebarnett123)
In today’s Tech Mentor meeting at UWCSEA, we were asked: “Do our students/peers know how to approach conflict?”. We were forced to answer yes or no (no sitting on the fence, arghhh!) and could use 8-10 words to explain our answer. No pressure! Here are our responses:
|No, because they’ve not learned how to negotiate it||No. People struggle to approach conflict and need support to do this|
As you can see, we both had similar viewpoints (phew, no conflict).
We then listened to an awesome podcast about conflict avoiders and conflict seekers, linked here. You can see our written notes about the podcast below:
We then had a 5 minute conversation on what we heard in the podcast. You can find the recording of this here.
This led us, ultimately, to have a few questions that we would love some help in answering!
- How can we help community members see that it’s ok to experience conflict?
- How can we help community members acquire the skills needed to approach conflict respectfully?
- How can we help community members recognise whether they are conflict avoiders or conflict seekers and how might we be able to give them the tools to account for the negatives of each stance?