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Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution with Students
Students learn how to identify conflict
Properly express feelings and concerns in many ways
Understand there are choices in finding solutions with each other
Creating a common language of peacemaking and infuse problem solving into the entire day
Peacemaking flows through all programs, not only school
Draw a Picture
Sometimes, students are not ready or prepared emotionally to express their feelings verbally. It is important to give them opportunity to write or draw their concerns.
Giving this opportunity allows for them to reflect internally and understand exactly how they are feeling before they bring this message to the group for conflict resolution.
Meet students where they are and work with what works for them within the goal of peacemaking and conflict resolution.
With younger students, write their words for them with the picture.
"You made me mad when you took the tool I was using."
"I feel" statements
During conflict resolution, all sides matter and are of equal importance. Each student should be able to express their thoughts and feelings from their unique perspective.
Using "I feel" for each student involved allows for this to happen. It allows the listening students to have empathy for the whole problem and identify where the conflict is.
Sitting down and facing each other during this conflict resolution meeting is important. Eliminate other distractions and focus on the important work of peacemaking.
Have your conflict resolution dialogue and process available for reference. When students are new to this skill, they will need some support in the moment of conflict.
Bold visuals allow students to feel self directed in conflict resolution. You are able to coach them by referencing these materials and modeling how to work through the process.