Day school teachers
Conduct a shmirat halashon (guarding our speech) marathon. Divide the day into 24 hours, and have students sign up for the hour that they will refrain from speaking and hearing all forms of gossip and evil speech. Following the marathon, de-brief with students by asking them how it felt and what was challenging for them during the marathon.
Collect money to use towards constructive conflict resolution. Students may vote for a worthwhile cause; for example, students might choose to donate to a local organization that is dedicated to conflict resolution or bring a speaker to the school who is involved in the field of conflict resolution.
Add a special tefilah to your school’s minyan.
Cook and/or eat contrasting foods to show students that sometimes contrast or constructive conflict can bring about an even richer taste.
- Teach about machloket l’shem shamayim (conflict for the sake of Heaven)
- For a sample class, click here.
Announce 9 Adar during morning announcements. Write the story of 9 Adar on the school website. Have older students share the story of 9 Adar with younger students. To help you, click here for source sheets.
Have students create art, music or poetry that incorporates conflict resolution and the pursuit of peace.
- Establish a class haskama (agreement)
Have your students compile a class agreement that will encourage the peaceful resolution of conflict. Here is another opportunity to try out a Rodef Shalom lesson! Click here for the Rodef Shalom class haskama lesson plan. To learn more about the Rodef Shalom program for middle schools, click here.
Discuss with students the power of greeting others in the school hallways.
- Implement school-based activities from the Association for Conflict Resolution’s Conflict Resolution Day for your own school conflicts:
A note about Conflict Resolution Day and 9 Adar from the Association for Conflict Resolution
- Invite a professional rodef shalom to your school
Invite a local professional who is involved in conflict resolution and the pursuit of peace to speak to students about what he/she does and how it impacts society.
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