he said, she said, no I didn't, yes you did.

I spent a good 15 minutes (that's 1/2 of recess) helping to problem solve an issue with a group of 3rd graders. I led them as they accused, denied, bargained, negotiated, gave in, cried, apologized, acquiesced, and came up with new options.  In the end, they all left satisfied.  I don't know about them, but I was exhausted. As I walked away I knew it was worth the effort when I heard one boy say to another "that was a lot easier than I thought".

It did make me wonder though - what in the world was he expecting?

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