A Powerful Peace: The Integrative Thinking Classroom
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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