A Powerful Peace: The Integrative Thinking Classroom

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Allyn and Bacon, 2000 - Education - 255 pages
With ever-increasing incidents of youth violence and disruptive behavior in schools across the nation, this is a critical question for every teacher today. According to studies, one of the best ways to encourage a supportive classroom environment is through effective conflict resolution and critical thinking instruction. To help teachers in grades 4-12 achieve this goal, this book provides research-backed strategies and thoroughly developed activities for effective conflict resolution and critical thinking instruction. In addition, it serves as a practical guide on how to initiate conflict resolution in schools and how to link these initiatives with the larger community. This resource can be used with existing content areas or curriculum types with minimal planning, additions, disruptions, or cost. Its curriculum overlay approach integrates conflict resolution and critical thinking into content area instruction through the communication process: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. With over 150 flexible, easy-to-perform activities _ including journal writing exercises, discussion, and self-rating exercises _ it is a valuable tool for enhancing students' academic performance and social skills, and for creating the safe community that is essential for effective learning. For teachers of grades 4-12 across all content areas.

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WARREN HEYDENBERK has taught in elementary through adult levels in public schools and in alternative education settings. He has been a professor of education at Lehigh University for over two decades.

ROBERTA HEYDENBERK is affiliated with the Bucks County Peace Centers, having nearly a decade of service in conflict resolution program evaluation and curriculum design. Recipients of numerous awards, the Heydenberks speak widely and serve on national and international peace education boards.

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