Mackintosh Academy Littleton participated in the Conflict Resolution Month’s celebrations with their community and staff in October – December community and staff conversations. Middle School staff (5th-8th) grade teachers either read or watched the documentaries on World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements. We invited parents also to read or watch the documentaries. Discussions then ensued on how we could easily implement practices that John Hunter included in his classroom simulations on world peace. We particularly were interested in allowing for the space and time for students to be uncomfortable in the messiness of not having the answers and solving conflict without adult “helicopter” interactions. We also have decided to pair up with a fellow Colorado educator, Tari Ste. Marie from The Logan School, to share what she has learned from being able to attend multiple workshops led by John Hunter and how she has incorporated his practices within her 5th grade classrooms.
What an exciting opportunity we all have to share our experiences around Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado!
My piece of the puzzle really began with reading John Hunter’s book, “World Peace & Other Fourth Grade Achievements” and taking to heart so many of the integral lessons John teaches us through his personal teaching experiences. I collaborated with his publishers to bring copies of his incredible book to Conflict Resolution Month for a discounted price. Now, with the help of an incredible team of Synergizers, we have been able to share a valuable learning tool with our vast Colorado community. I can’t emphasize enough what a joy it has been to coordinate such an important effort and see (and hear) others enjoy the insightful text, as well as apply its lessons to their own lives. As well, I interviewed the author himself– you can read the interview here: http://peculiarpragmatism.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/world-peace-no-problem-ask-a-4th-grader/
I highly encourage everyone to find their own way to take part in the collaborative effort that is Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado! I have had a great experience interning for Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado and gleaning valuable knowledge from working with fellow professionals in the field.
Please share your personal experiences and celebrate the great work we have all done in the community with promoting the peaceful resolution of conflict!