What is Kelso's Choice?
Kelso's Choice is a conflict-management system that ties into Summit's school-wide efforts to support positive behavior and provide consistency and structure around it. Kelso is a frog; a frog who helps students make positive choices around small problems.
Children are encouraged to pick one or two of nine "choices" when confronted with what is called a "small problem."
Visit the program's website to find resources for parents around using Kelso's Choice at school and at home.
- Can be solved on your own
Tends to cause "small" feelings like:
- Must always be taken to an adult
Consist of situations or "big" feelings that are:
- sets off alarms
The Choices: Good for Solving Small Problems
Kelso's Choice Wheel is a visual tool that helps kids pick options for dealing with minor frustrations. The teachers and caregivers are to redirect when a child wishes to involve an adult in "small problems" - you can do this by offering the child to try one or two of these options before returning to attempt to involve an adult.
- Go to another game
- Talk it out
- Share and take turns
- Ignore it
- Walk away
- Tell them to stop
- Make a deal
- Wait and cool off