I found this very short video on YouTube. They do sell the full video online at a cost. My inspiration for choosing this specific one was the fact that in my elementary school there were numerous bullies and certain kids were targeted.
Although the video only lasts a little over four minutes it does hit some key points. I feel it would be best placed in a certain grade level. That grade level would be 1st grade-4thgrade. It’s important that young kids learn how to solve their problems effectively and efficiently. I wish I had been able to learn these type of skills in at a younger age than I did. I feel it would have been beneficial for me but for others as well. At the end of the day, I do feel that they fit better in the Montessori setting, rather than the public school system.
Implementation: I understand that there is a purpose to Montessori schools compared to public schools. My implementation would be to take the peace education section and somehow implement it in the public school place. As far as getting ready and prepared to teach this, the teacher from the Montessori school could do a workshop with the public school teacher and walk her through the steps. When it comes to time preparation, perhaps 10-15 hours of training for each teacher would be appropriate. I think a great way to do that, would be to cut out an hour a week and focus on peace education. I think it would be very beneficial. When it comes to the use of pedagogies, I think that using the allotted time and real time situations would be successful. During the allotted time, they could learn the material and substance. In real time, if there was an incident, they could be reminded of what they have learned and hopefully use it.
Goal- I think the basics of peace education are most supported.This would be very beneficial for these young kids to learn. Even though it wouldn’t go to far into detail, the students would learn numerous skills and knowledge. They would learn about self-awareness, environmental awareness, cultural awareness, and community awareness. By learning bits and pieces of each of those, hopefully they would be able to learn more about them selves and others. At the end of the day, they will hopefully be able to be more aware of their surroundings and adapt to them better. They will learn to be responsible and take responsibility for their actions as well.
Audience- I sent this to a past teacher of mine from Elementary school and a neighbor from home who specializes in youth peer mediation training.