ERIC Number: EJ888584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Creating a Culture of Peace in the Elementary Classroom
Hunter, Tiffany J.
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n1 p54-58 Sep 2008
In this article, the author shares how she created a "peaceable classroom" through activities which she incorporated into a 1st-grade curriculum and which fulfilled academic requirements. As a 1st-grade teacher at Redlands Adventist Academy in Redlands, CA, she wanted to create a learning environment that would foster values like inclusive compassion, social justice, service, and active peacemaking. Fortunately, she found a wealth of resources she could use to enhance the required classroom curriculum with standards-based activities that developed students' intellectual, emotional, and social growth. Her first step in creating a "peaceable classroom" was to design a structure conducive to peace-building student interaction. she mentions that she designed her curriculum around four major skill sets: Empathy Training, Diversity Training, Community Awareness, and Conflict Resolution.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Altruism, Interaction, Peace, Conflict Resolution, Empathy, Classroom Environment, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Grade 1, Interpersonal Relationship, Student Diversity, Consciousness Raising
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California