The Peace Path
Helping Students on the Peace Path
Conflict happens and addressing it by using the Peace Path is a great to involve the entire family! Below is a copy of the peace path, instructions to guide and a few videos to demonstrate how it works. At the end, it suggests to shake hands, do what works best for you and your family. And just remember the importance of handwashing.
Before the people start resolving their conflict through the Peace Path, make sure they “Stop & Breathe” and are calm enough to talk it out. If they are still too worked up when they start they will not be able to think or articulate what they need. So have them:
1. Stop: collect themselves
2. Breathe: take several deep breaths until they calm down
The following script is used to support two students having a conflict.
1) Get Ready
• Make sure they are calm and ready to solve the problem.
• Ask them: “Do you need our help?” “Are you ready to solve this peacefully?” “Let’s do the Peace Path.”
2) Three Rules
• Tell them the rules first:
“These are the rules:” “Treat each other with respect.” “Listen without interrupting.” “Work to solve the problem.”
• Ask each student: “Can you agree to these rules?”
• Once you have agreement, move on to the next step.
3) Be the Guide & Problem Solved
• “OK, let’s solve this problem.”
• “The person on the yellow feet will always speak first.”
• “Everyone gets a turn.”
• “Now, use the words on the path, and begin.”
For the younger ones you will have to guide them and ASK them through the path. For example: “How do you feel?”, “What do you need?” or “What will you do next time?”
Questions to ask as students they move Peace Path
The following are some questions to ask the people on the path that will help you get closer to the real problem. Asking these questions helps them think on a deeper level and come up with more relevant solutions.
• How did you feel?
• What actually happened?
• What do you want them to do instead?
• What will you do next time?
• Is there anything else?
Below are some examples of how to go through each step