Paths to Peace:  Every Child’s Right to a Peaceful Classroom<br />
Presenters<br />Nancy Brasel, University of Central Florida, Palm Bay                               nbrasel@mail.ucf.edu<b...
Peace<br />…it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.  It means to be in the midst ...
Purposes <br />Investigate ways to nurture supportive classroom communities that demonstrate an ethic of care<br />Conside...
Strategies for Peaceful Classrooms<br />
Beginning<br />Building a Classroom Community<br />Where everyone is safe<br />Where everyone belongs<br />Where everyone ...
Safe, peaceful places<br />Comfortable seats<br />Pleasant scents<br />Soothing sounds<br />Soothing sights: water, art, s...
Teaching Problem Solving Skills<br />Instead of trying to prevent conflicts, welcome them as opportunities for children to...
Win/Win Solution<br />
Try B.A.T.S., not bats<br />Breathe deeply<br />Ask yourself to count to 10<br />Think of your favorite place<br />So, “no...
More strategies:<br />Peace table or peace chairs (puppets or phones)<br />Peace Dice Game<br />Peace Bridge or Peace Path...
Peace Book<br />Making the connection between peace and literacy engagement<br />Building on proximity<br />Documenting pr...
Peace Book Conflict #1B’s Perspective<br />
Peace Book—Conflict #1K’s Perspective<br />
Peace Book—Conflict #1B’s Resolution <br />
Peace Book—Conflict #1K’s Resolution<br />
Peace Book—Conflict #2Max & M<br />
Conflict #2:  Max’s Response<br />
Conflict #2 Resolution<br />
I’m Sorry  poem<br /> <br />I’m sorry.				I’m sorry, but you can’t make me apologize.<br />I apologize.				I mean, I thoug...
Let’s Give It a Try<br />I feel _________________________.<br />When you _______________<br />I wonder ___________________...
A Peace Poem for Us<br /> <br />You are ________________(either a relationship or an adjective).<br />I am _______________...
Example<br />You are my daughter.<br />I am definitely your mom.<br />Your favorite words seem to be, “I never get to do w...
Children’s Literature<br />Reflective quality of children’s literature<br />Windows and mirrors<br />
Exploring Peace<br />
Modeling Peace<br />
Website Resources<br />http://www.teachingtolerance.org<br />http://www.peace-ed.org/miami.html<br />
Teacher Attitudes and Skills<br />Being aware of tone of voice<br />Listening and taking kids seriously<br />Enjoying the ...
Having a sense of humor<br />Respecting Students<br />Involving students<br />Employing forgiveness<br />
Barriers & Builders <br />Barriers<br />Assuming<br />Rescuing/Explaining<br />Directing<br />Expecting<br />Adultisms<br ...
Pathways to peaceful classrooms<br />“Maybe our classrooms can be nicer than the outside world.”    Vivian Gussin Paley<br />
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Paths To Peace: Every Child's Right To A Peaceful Classroom
ACEI International Conference 2011 New Orleans
Video: www.youtube.com; The Bully Project, www.nomorebullying.com, www.teachingtolerance.com ; The Southern Poverty Law Center; Video Starting Small, Vivian Gussin Paley, www.cnn.com, Lauren Potter, actress Glee

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Paths to peace

  1. 1. Paths to Peace: Every Child’s Right to a Peaceful Classroom<br />
  2. 2. Presenters<br />Nancy Brasel, University of Central Florida, Palm Bay nbrasel@mail.ucf.edu<br />SherronKillingsworth Roberts, University of Central Florida, Orlando skrobert@mail.ucf.edu<br />Patricia A. Crawford, University of Pittsburgh pcrawfor@pitt.edu<br />
  3. 3. Peace<br />…it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.<br />--Unknown<br />
  4. 4. Purposes <br />Investigate ways to nurture supportive classroom communities that demonstrate an ethic of care<br />Consider practical and proven strategies for helping children to resolve conflicts<br />Investigate appropriate literacy texts and writing strategies that support and maintain peace as part of a quality education<br />
  5. 5. Strategies for Peaceful Classrooms<br />
  6. 6. Beginning<br />Building a Classroom Community<br />Where everyone is safe<br />Where everyone belongs<br />Where everyone is accepted<br />Where put-downs, abuse and bullying are not allowed<br />How<br />Identity and Familiarity rituals (learning names, family involvement)<br />Team and Trust building exercises<br />Modeling, Encouraging & Noticing Pro-social Behavior<br />
  7. 7. Safe, peaceful places<br />Comfortable seats<br />Pleasant scents<br />Soothing sounds<br />Soothing sights: water, art, smiles<br />
  8. 8. Teaching Problem Solving Skills<br />Instead of trying to prevent conflicts, welcome them as opportunities for children to learn to problem solving strategies within a safe environment.<br />Common steps in any Conflict Resolution program:<br />Stop the action<br />Identify the problem<br />Brainstorm solutions (all suggestions are valid)<br />Agree to try one solution (a win/win solution)<br />Check back to make sure the solution is working<br />
  9. 9. Win/Win Solution<br />
  10. 10. Try B.A.T.S., not bats<br />Breathe deeply<br />Ask yourself to count to 10<br />Think of your favorite place<br />So, “now I am okay, I can handle this”<br />
  11. 11. More strategies:<br />Peace table or peace chairs (puppets or phones)<br />Peace Dice Game<br />Peace Bridge or Peace Path<br />Peace Formulae Poetry<br />Peace Literature for Children<br />Peace Book<br />
  12. 12. Peace Book<br />Making the connection between peace and literacy engagement<br />Building on proximity<br />Documenting problems, resolutions, and potentials<br />
  13. 13. Peace Book Conflict #1B’s Perspective<br />
  14. 14. Peace Book—Conflict #1K’s Perspective<br />
  15. 15. Peace Book—Conflict #1B’s Resolution <br />
  16. 16. Peace Book—Conflict #1K’s Resolution<br />
  17. 17. Peace Book—Conflict #2Max & M<br />
  18. 18.
  19. 19. Conflict #2: Max’s Response<br />
  20. 20. Conflict #2 Resolution<br />
  21. 21. I’m Sorry poem<br /> <br />I’m sorry. I’m sorry, but you can’t make me apologize.<br />I apologize. I mean, I thought__________________<br />Really I just____________________ When you probably thought__________<br />I’m sorry that ___________________ I could see how ______________<br />Next time, I’ll ___________________ But could you see how_______?<br />But whatever… Apologies aren’t easy, but let’s be friends<br />You should know, All over again.<br />I’m sorry. I’m sorry. <br />
  22. 22. Let’s Give It a Try<br />I feel _________________________.<br />When you _______________<br />I wonder ______________________<br />And I think______________<br />Could I _______________________?<br />Could we ______________________?<br />Come on! Let’s try!<br />Why don’t we _______________?<br />We can do this together! <br />
  23. 23. A Peace Poem for Us<br /> <br />You are ________________(either a relationship or an adjective).<br />I am __________________ (either a relationship or an adjective) <br />Your favorite words seem to be____________________________<br />My favorite words seem to be _____________________________ <br />You make me _________, ___________, _____________ (three things).<br />I make you ___________, ___________, ______________(three things). <br />Even though we see things differently, <br />Even though __________________________________(must rhyme with the above line)<br />Together we can _______________________________________.<br />
  24. 24. Example<br />You are my daughter.<br />I am definitely your mom.<br />Your favorite words seem to be, “I never get to do what I want.”<br />My favorite words seem to be “we’ll see…” <br />You make me crazy, rushed, and at the same time proud.<br />I make you rushed, crazy, and pushed to the max. <br />Even though we see things differently, <br />Even though we each approach the problem by focusing only on me…<br />Together we can work it out<br /> And make it right.  <br />
  25. 25. Children’s Literature<br />Reflective quality of children’s literature<br />Windows and mirrors<br />
  26. 26. Exploring Peace<br />
  27. 27. Modeling Peace<br />
  28. 28. Website Resources<br />http://www.teachingtolerance.org<br />http://www.peace-ed.org/miami.html<br />
  29. 29. Teacher Attitudes and Skills<br />Being aware of tone of voice<br />Listening and taking kids seriously<br />Enjoying the job<br />Appreciating uniqueness<br />Uncovering hidden talents of students<br />Developing attitudes of ________<br />
  30. 30. Having a sense of humor<br />Respecting Students<br />Involving students<br />Employing forgiveness<br />
  31. 31. Barriers & Builders <br />Barriers<br />Assuming<br />Rescuing/Explaining<br />Directing<br />Expecting<br />Adultisms<br />Builders<br />Checking<br />Exploring<br />Inviting/Encouraging<br />Celebrating<br />Respecting<br />
  32. 32. Pathways to peaceful classrooms<br />“Maybe our classrooms can be nicer than the outside world.” Vivian Gussin Paley<br />

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