What agreements need to be made to ensure all members of the classroom are safe and able to do their best?
As part of the Everyday Practices for a Kind Classroom unit, we are sharing a few key activities for creating a healthy classroom culture. Students will define peace and imagine what a peaceful classroom looks and feels like. Then, they will draw their vision of a peaceful classroom; together, the group will decide on a set of shared visions and formalize their Agreements for Peace. Finally, they will learn how to revisit those agreements when one is broken.
Students will be able to…
Cooperate with others.
Think through, practice, and rehearse how to handle conflict before it happens.
Draw their own vision of how a peaceful classroom should function.
Participate in a group decision-making process.
Recognize healthy options for resolving conflicts.
Create and formalize a classroom set of Agreements for Peace.
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This lesson is from our new 2017-18 comprehensive resource guide Justice for All: Educating Youth for Social Responsibility. Comprehensive humane education addresses human rights, animal protection, environmental ethics, and the ways in which these areas are interconnected. Imagine a world where children learn to peacefully co-exist with one another; a world where children learn to respect and honor the environment; a world where children learn to protect the myriad species with whom we share this planet. Humane education encourages students to think about their responsibility to the earth and all of its inhabitants, and provides youth with the tools to make more informed and compassionate choices. By allowing students to learn crucial information and develop solutions for many of the modern issues facing our world, humane education promises to usher in a global community that is prepared to make the planet a more peaceful and sustainable place.
Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART) and the Peace Learning Center have partnered to create this resource guide to help educate youth for social responsibility. HEART’s mission is to foster compassion and respect toward all living beings and the environment. As a full service humane education provider in New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis and Portland Oregon, HEART conducts student programs (in-school, after-school and in summer camps), offers professional development workshops for teachers both nationally and internationally, develops educational resources, and advocates for humane education. The Peace Learning Center educates, inspires and empowers people to live peacefully. It has served more than 200,000 people since its inception in 1997. Growing worldwide, Peace Learning Center now has programs in eight USA cities and five countries.
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