This is the culminating unit after the Avoiding Conflicts, Weeks 1 & 2 and the Resolving Conflicts units have been presented.
When words or other strategies have failed to solve the conflict, it’s time to have a Peace Conference. A Peace Conference puts the responsibility for solving a problem back on the students. If this process fails or if a younger student is intimidated by an older one, the teacher or a trained older student can be asked to be a mediator in the Peace Conference.
At first glance, the Peace Conference format may seem too simplistic to solve conflicts. However, the beauty of the Peace Poem is due, in large part, to its simplicity. First, because it is simple, even young children can remember the process. Secondly, in the heat of an argument, complex processes are often forgotten. Thirdly, because the peace conferencing process is cyclical (in that it can go back and forth a number of times), it can handle the most complicated of conflicts. Yes, it has been successfully used to even resolve conflicts between adults!
Note: A complete User's Guide can be found in the free I am Lovable and Capable unit: ILAC