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Conflict is Sometimes Inevitable

Conflict Is Sometimes Inevitable

An Incident of Conflict at School

Sometime back, I witnessed one of my classmates engaged in a heated argument with a teacher during a class session. The two started arguing when the classmate openly used his cellphone in class which is prohibited, and could not hear a word of it when ordered to keep it away until the session was over. The furious teacher ended up uttering offensive and demeaning words to the student which caused tension in the entire class.

How the Conflict Was Resolved

After seeing that the argument was attracting unnecessary attention from other students, the teacher chose to cool down for a moment, then called the student to walk with him outside of the class. One way of resolving a conflict is through face to face talk to avoid any further misunderstanding, which was what the teacher initiated by the student could not hear any word of it. A better alternative to such a misunderstanding is consulting with the school counselor, which is what the teacher resulted to and the two cleared the air between them (Manning & Bucher, 2013).

How the Conflict Could Have Been Avoided

The best way to avoid conflicting situations is by obeying the set rules and respecting the seniors (Espelage et. Al., 2013). It is precisely stated that cellphones should not be used during the class session. Hence, the student should have waited until the class was over rather than disrespecting the teacher by using it. Another way to avoid a conflict is by having self and emotional control which prevents the outburst of negative and offensive words. The teacher should have acted mature by taking the necessary action of taking the student to the disciplinary board rather than uttering demeaning words to the student


Espelage, D., Anderman, E. M., Brown, V. E., Jones, A., Lane, K. L., McMahon, S. D., … & Reynolds, C. R. (2013). Understanding and preventing violence directed against the teachers: Recommendations for a national research, practice, and policy agenda. American Psychologist68(2), 75.

Manning, M. L., & Bucher, K. T. (2013). Classroom management: Models, applications, and cases. Pearson.

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