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Wheeler, Edyth – Childhood Education, 2008
Teachers often wonder how to add social justice and care for the environment to an already packed curriculum. Books and the ensuing conversations with children are a way to re-imagine the curriculum, rather than adding to it. Fiction and nonfiction books allow children to travel beyond what they know and live into the lives of others. This article…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Childrens Literature, Nonfiction, Conservation (Environment)
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Wheeler, Edyth; Stomfay-Stitz, Aline – Childhood Education, 2008
Children in all areas are exposed both directly and indirectly to violence. Proportionally, children in urban settings have more frequent exposure to violence. According to the Children's Defense Fund (2007), a child or teen is killed by gunfire every three hours--nearly eight a day (www.childrensdefense.org). Simply feeling safe in the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Security, Violence, Child Safety
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Stomfay-Stitz, Aline M.; Wheeler, Edyth – Childhood Education, 2008
Few issues have galvanized the attention of U.S. citizenry in the past year as have environmental concerns, especially climate change, global warming, and greenhouse gas emissions. Degradation to our fragile planet continues unchecked with only limited actions on a national level. Children who absorb these concerns through television, classroom…
Descriptors: Climate, Educational Resources, Environmental Education, Class Activities
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Wheeler, Edyth; Stomfay-Stitz, Aline – Childhood Education, 2007
As the authors began to think about this issue's Peace Education/Conflict Resolution column, they realized that their network has been going for 10 years. Their goal has been to bring together professionals in their field to learn from one another and carry the wisdom of each other into their practice on behalf of a more peaceful world. Hearing…
Descriptors: Conflict Resolution, Peace, Violence, Foreign Countries
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Stomfay-Stitz, Aline; Wheeler, Edyth – Childhood Education, 2007
This column of Childhood Education focuses on middle school girls. Cyberbullying has emerged as a new, insidious, and harmful way of getting back at an individual girl who may be "different" or disliked for a physical or social trait. Cyberbullying has been described as "willful and repeated harm inflicted through the medium of electronic text"…
Descriptors: School Personnel, Females, Peer Mediation, Internet
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Stomfay-Stitz, Aline; Wheeler, Edyth – Childhood Education, 2007
Each teacher has a favorite dream for the first weeks of the new school year: a calm and peaceful classroom. Yet, due to the tragic incidents of violence and school shootings, matched by an increase in bullying and harassment, such noble goals seem remote and unrealistic. The authors believe that there is a way to succeed through the concept of an…
Descriptors: Clubs, Peace, Educational Philosophy, Violence
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Stomfay-Stitz, Aline; Wheeler, Edyth – Childhood Education, 2006
For the past 30 years, peace educators have drawn attention to the vital role of language--the caring, creative words that describe and enhance peace. The language of peace has evolved through several stages of growth and complexity. It also offers a heritage of caring and acceptance for all children who enter through educators' classroom doors.…
Descriptors: Peace, Empathy, Conflict Resolution, Classroom Environment
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Wheeler, Edyth; Stomfay-Stitz, Aline – Childhood Education, 2006
In this article, the authors present the strategies used by teachers in early childhood programs and elementary schools when they teach about peace and conflict resolution. In a focus group, the teachers relate that they primarily need consistency as they work toward peace and conflict resolution. The teachers also identify communication with…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Focus Groups, Conflict
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Wheeler, Edyth – Childhood Education, 2005
Kindness is doing things for others, motivated by a true sense of concern and not merely a sense of duty or obligation. Kindness makes life a little better for us. We are all familiar with "random acts of kindness." The question that challenges educators for peace is "How can we make acts of kindness not 'random' but…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Altruism, Peace, Peer Relationship
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Wheeler, Edyth; Stomfay-Stitz, Aline – Childhood Education, 2004
Many schools throughout the United States have mandated some form of character education, peace education, or conflict resolution. The Peace Education Network hopes to encourage an exchange of ideas about what schools and teachers are doing that works and doesn't work. An article in The Washington Post (Kalita, 2003) describing a newly adopted…
Descriptors: Personality, Values Education, Peace, Conflict Resolution
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Wheeler, Edyth – Childhood Education, 2004
Peer support--or rejection--is a powerful social force. Socially accepted children have high self-esteem and self-confidence; enjoy the company of others; and have mutual loyalty, respect, trust, and support. Children who are rejected by peers are often disliked and ignored. Rejected children are perceived to be aggressive in peer interactions and…
Descriptors: Peer Acceptance, Social Isolation, Bullying, Classroom Techniques