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Youth Projects

Conflict and relationships inside the school

by Ana Luísa Caldas

Description of the project:

 Activity made with the youngsters from Second Chance School Arco Maior (Porto)

1º part – Transactional analysis

2º part – Creative Collaborative Approach

(Planning made with Learning by Design)

This activity – planed in two phases – is based on the theme of the relationships people develop between them (TA) and is designed for the group of young people with whom it is intended to work with, but also aims to extend the works produced by the students of Arco Maior beyond its walls (CCA). In this sense, the various exercises wander between individual reflection / action and collective results, representative of the specific context of the School and the students that frequent it.


1 – Daily routines (describing everyone’s routines, with an emphasis on school)

2 – What is the part school takes in your life? (answering the question individually)

3 – Mind map of the school (making a map, as a group activity, though drawing or applications in fabric)

4 – Learning about the ego states (understanding what lies behind people’s interactions)

5 – When does conflict emerge (group discussion)

6 – Finding solutions for conflict (staring from the individual shares, trying to come up with solutions)

7 – Pick a card (bringing the solutions outside of the school: this intervention in the public space aims to take to the street a game, similar to tarot cards, where everyone can pick a card that has a picture and a message, chosen/written by the students)

8 – Final discussion

First Day

  1. Making a map of the school, drawing its three floors. Group activity, made with burlap, paper tape, and cotton yarn.

(Directing students minds to their daily experiences of the school.)

2. Discussion about the student’s relationships: when do conflicts arise; how do we deal with them; talk about the concept of ego states (TA) and how we can use that knowledge.

Second Day

  1. Making relations between the problems discussed on the first day and black and with pictures. (Why did you choose it, what relations did you make with them, where do you put yourself towards the image).
  2. If your problem/conflict was from someone else, what would you tell them? (The first step to build “pick a card”: writing a message or solution for someone else’s problem/conflict)
  3. Decorating the boxes for “Pick a card”
  4. Distributing the “Pick a card” in the area, placing them on trees.