PeaceKeeper Circle is a significant part of my classroom curricula because I have seen how effective the process is in creating an environment of safety, respect, compassion, through using language to acknowledge and teach one another, or address differences in thinking. This is vitally important when the entirety of a student’s day is spent in community with other learners. There is nothing more important when creating a vibrant learning environment than teaching students how to communicate powerfully with one another. Meaningful learning can occur when students feel respected, safe and valued.
PeaceKeeper offers this and so much more. I have seen my students go from a disconnected group of individuals to a cohesive, caring learning community where each other’s learning is supported and collaboration occurs effectively. I haven’t seen this in my whole career, until I began using PeaceKeeper.
I am passionate about the use of PeaceKeeper in every classroom. I can only imagine the success these students will achieve as a cohort if the use of PeaceKeeper Circles follows them throughout their education. Imagine the adults they will become! It is truly exciting and vital in supporting students through the rigor of the Common Core and through life.