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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Teaching Peace: Conflict Resolution
Are you going up the Conflict Escalator?
Conflict Resolution time in Peace Class! In 2nd - 5th grade we are
spending time in Peace Class learning how to work out our conflicts
peacefully. If you have the kind of child who tells you all about what
happens at school (I have one who does and one who doesn't!) then you have
probably heard about the Conflict Escalator. The Conflict Escalator is a
way to help us think about how conflicts can start out as nothing but small
problems but because of the things people say and do and the way that people
react they can sometimes escalate into something much worse. Ask your
child what is at the top of the Conflict Escalator. The answer: Nothing
but Trouble! In second grade Peace Class we have been reading stories
about conflicts and we are beginning to think about what sends a conflict up
the escalator. In third grade Peace Class we are learning about the
Conflict Resolution Toolbox. This toolbox is filled with solutions such
as sharing, taking turns, and compromising. We are role-playing how to use
these tools in different conflict scenarios. In fourth and fifth grade Peace
Class we are learning more advanced conflict resolution methods and practicing
them through role-playing. When all of the kids are speaking the same
"language" about conflict it is much easier to keep things peaceful
here at Lafayette!
Please share your thoughts about the conflict escalator and how it might help your child or any other comments about the Teaching Peace curriculum in the comments section!