What do we need to understand, and do, to coexist peacefully together?
How everyone gets along with each other can make or break a classroom environment. If we seek to build a peaceful classroom, community circles are one of the most important investments we can make. By following a few simple guidelines, this activity will show you how to harness the power of the circle to work for your group. Students will engage in activities that promote empathetic connections and build trust. In this lesson, we introduce the community circle and discuss how it can be used as a daily community building practice as well as a space for addressing specific issues, concerns, or conflicts.
Students will be able to…
Take turns speaking and listening.
Practice and develop social and emotional skills related to communication and conflict resolution.
Learn meaningful information about their peers and share what is important to them.
Advocate for their own needs.
Problem solve as real classroom conflicts arise.
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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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