Peaceful Language

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Using language for peace

The celebration of International Peace One Day day gave students the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with peers of different ages, genders, cultures and linguistic backgrounds, to name a few. They had fun for sure and many will, I hope, carry the memories of that day with them for a long time.

The importance of language in the negotiation of peaceful interactions can not be overstated. Students require ongoing practice with engaging in these kind of interactions, to support them in their growth toward becoming global citizens.  Further, Peace Education needs to be explicitly taught to students in order to raise their consciousness about problems, and to brainstorm and identify possible solutions in order to be active workers for change.

Some ways we currently explicitly teach students in elementary is through using the Learner Profile, Attitudes and Gecko’s Choices. Role plays and problem solving meetings also support students to think through issues, discuss solutions and make plans for action. In this way we help to prepare students for future challenges and give them the tools for success.

2 thoughts on “Peaceful Language”

  1. I enjoyed your post Lisa and strongly agree that explicitly teaching conflict resolution in school is very important. Today I also posted about the theme of peace too. Hopefully we can foster the learning from ‘Peace One Day’ to further develop a culture of collaboration and mutual respect across the school.

  2. Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for your post. I too agree that we need to be explicitly teaching, modelling and giving students the opportunity to practise Peace Education if we want our students to develop skills to support them throughout their lives. It is also important that students see Peace as something we value in our everyday lives not just one day a year. I have downloaded the PDF you shared and look forward to reading it.

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