Explanation of Project for Teachers

Children all over the world experience conflicts among friends and acquaintances. In this joint "Peaceful Conflict Resolution" pilot project, children from Canada and the USA will work together. Children from Mexico and the USA will also communicate with each other. Both groups will discuss:

  • Behaviors involved in conflict
  • Negative solutions to conflict
  • Positive solutions to conflict
  • Advice about how to solve conflicts that they have experienced first-hand

The children will be communicating in two languages, either Spanish and English or French and English.

Within the "Peaceful Conflict Resolution" site, the teachers immediately involved in this pilot project will find all that is needed to make this international learning experience possible.

For those not directly involved, all that is required is that you find a partner school and then you can implement the lesson plans and resources provided here.

There are five parts to the "Peaceful Conflict Resolution" project.

I. Lesson Plans
This portion of the website include the lesson plans that will help you prepare your students for the email exchange, teleconferencing, and joint projects.

The first lesson will guide the teacher and students through the email exchanges. Lesson numbers two through seven will teach the children the vocabulary and sentence structures for the two teleconferencing days. Lesson number eight and nine will guide the teacher through the two days of real time teleconferencing. Lesson number ten will allow students to draw pictures of their own conflicts and seek advise from the partners abroad.

II. Email Exchange
In order to get to know their partners abroad, students will be emailing each other. They will be introducing themselves and getting to know each other.

American and Canadian students will be emailing each other. Canadian students studying English will write in English. American students studying French will write in French.

American and Mexican students will be emailing each other. Mexican students studying English will write in English. American students studying Spanish will write in Spanish.

III. Practice Scenarios
The purpose of this section is to provide students with the vocabulary and sentence structure in a second language so that they can discuss conflicts with each other when they teleconference. There are two different topics: the pencil dilemma and grade competition. There are two scenarios for both, one shows the conflict and the second shows a possible solution. The students need to learn the questions because when teleconferencing, they will be asking the questions provided in the second language they are learning. Answers are provided in this website, but students can add their own ideas during class discussion.

IV. Teleconferencing Scenarios
This section provides two conflict scenarios without any solution. The students will need to have seen these scenarios before they teleconference. These will be the basis of conversation during the teleconference.

The first teleconference will be conducted in English. The children from Mexico will ask key questions in English to the American students. The American students will respond in English.

When it is the Canadian and American students turn to teleconference for the first time, the Canadian children will ask the questions in English and the American children will answer in English.

The second scenario is for the second day of teleconferencing. During this one, the American students will speak in French and ask the key questions to the Canadian students. The Canadian students will respond in French.

When it is the Mexican and American students turn to teleconference for the second time, the American children will ask the questions in Spanish and the Mexican children will answer in Spanish.

V. Joint Projects
During this final stage of sharing, the students in their respective countries will draw pictures of conflicts that they have encountered. Mexican students will send to American students and American students will send pictures to the Mexican students. Likewise, Canadian students will send their drawings to American students and American students will send theirs to Canadian students. The teacher will send these to their partner country. In response, the children will either draw or write a solution to the problem they received. Some of these will be scanned and posted to the website.

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