Feb 04

EVERY faculty or staff member in a school is OVERLOADED with tasks. Laura McCain, a counselor at Highland Elementary in Owensboro, Kentucky, has taken our program and condensed some ideas for her teachers. Below is her “Peace Out” email to faculty. In essence she’s customizing it for her school! Laura BELIEVES and SEES what a difference a values culture makes in school.

Thanks Laura!

We’d love to know how you deliver ideas and information in your school.

• One obvious way to catch peace in action is to insert yourself into conflict. We know this is typically easily found on the playground, in free-time activities, at the lunch table, etc. Guide students through the argument/situation and to a place of peace. Praise them for their use of the value.
• Have students help you “catch” other students. Demonstrate that when decisions are agreed upon or when things/ games/group assignments go well, it is primarily due to the participants’ devotion to peace. Ask them to help you catch others contributing to keeping the peace in their classroom. It may take some examples and debriefing on your part but once they get it you won’t be able to stop them!
• When a student is agreeable towards another student acknowledge their use of peace.
• If a child is obedient towards another teacher or grown up “catch” them displaying the value of peace.

Share with your class one afternoon or a FEW times this month:

Some ideas for you this month:
• Draw a large peace sign on the board.
All month long write down the names of students you see choosing peace and the way that they modeled it.

• This month is Black History Month. Many individuals that we celebrate each Febru­ary were very committed to peace. Look up different historical figures in black history. Briefly read about them and determine if and how they demonstrated peace.
There is always a peaceful way to make a change and a not-so-peaceful way. Who gets to decide which way we go?

• One way to keep peace is by complimenting oth­ers. It can remind us all to see the good in every­one.

• What are some examples of good compliments?
Let’s challenge each other this week to each compli­ment a different person every day.

• Mother Theresa once said “Peace begins with a smile.” What do you think that means?”
Allow students to respond. Students can create their own slogans by finishing the phrase
“Peace be­gins with __________.”

• Can you imagine what the world would be like if people cared more about each other than winning an argument? Let’s start here!
Have students brainstorm how their class, lunch or recess would be different!

• Sometimes you need to practice peace.
Have students role play how to be a peacemaker in the midst of an argument. Have a discussion about how easy or hard it is to be a peacemaker.
What techniques do they use to diffuse an argument?

Discuss this quote by Mahatma Gandhi— “An eye for an eye ends up mak­ing the whole world blind.”