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ERIC Number: ED446833
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Positive, Peaceful Interactions between Adults and Young Children. Growing Together: Building a Peaceful Community.
Bruning, Merribeth D.
This paper discusses classroom practices contributing to positive, peaceful interactions between adults and young children. The paper begins with reminders about the development of self-control as a crucial aspect of peacefulness, the role of the toddler's developing autonomy, and the development of a sense of fairness in prekindergarten children. The paper notes the importance of positive adult role models who have a daily quiet time, engage in meditation or prayer, and are mindful of their vocal inflection and body language. Suggestions for fostering peaceful environments are given, including using visual reminders, having orderly homes and classrooms, providing aesthetic experiences that promote peace, telling stories about problem solving, and limiting and monitoring television viewing. Inappropriate strategies for dealing with conflict are delineated, including the avoidance of threats, physical reactions, name calling, bringing up the past, and inattentive listening. Appropriate strategies are described, such as identifying the real problems, and demonstrating mutual respect for everyone's feelings. Also noted are procedures to help adults keep perspective as they help children work through steps of conflict resolution. The paper concludes by asserting that peace starts with positive interactions at home, in the community, and at school, and that each individual has the responsibility to respond, rather than react, to conflict. (KB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Language: English
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