Peacemaker

PEACEMAKER. The word is defined as “a person or group of people that work collaboratively to bring or make peace between people in conflict.”

As conflict situations arise within classroom, stopping and helping students go through this process can result in lasting positive change, but as with all things it must be explicitly taught, modeled and practiced. It is important to make time both at school and at home to teach these skills when natural conflict between people occur.

Ways to Become a Peacemaker:
1)     Communicate with others by using a respectful “I Message”
2)     Acknowledge and affirm the positive qualities of others
3)     Show a willingness to compromise

Win-Win Steps Towards PEACE:
1)     Cool-Off
2)     Share your “I-Message”
3)     Say back (what I heard you say…)
4)     Take Responsibility (Each person shares their role)
5)     Brainstorm solutions together
6)     Affirm, forgive and/or thank

Using synonyms and antonyms might also assist with building a deeper understanding of the words meaning. Using the words below challenge your children to write their own definition that they will hold on to.
SYNONYMS

ANTONYMS

Mediator

Instigator

Counselor

Agitator

Moderator

Troublemaker

Ambassador

Rebel

Diplomat

Fighter

The link below is a great resource that you can refer to in order to support your work with children around this word of the week.
http://www.learningpeace.com/pages/LSP_PSchool.htm

Here is also a Pinterest page that shares lots of ideas as well:
https://www.pinterest.com/jillkuzma/peacemakers-and-kindness/

Todd Par does a read aloud of his story The Peace Book
http://www.watchknowlearn.org/Video.aspx?VideoID=46892&CategoryID=14428