"After using Peace First in the classroom, I began to notice that the children were using cooperative strategies without my guidance. One group in particular was utilizing what they had learned really well. When I approached to ask how the project was going, Miguel smiled and told me that he learned everyone has different things they are good at so they were working well together. Peace First has a remarkable talent for making a lasting impression on children. "
"Many of my 8th graders have gotten into serious fights at school. However, I recently witnessed a student intervene in a fight and deescalate the situation. Outside my door one morning, two teen girls in my class were arguing. As others had gathered around, expecting a fight, another girl jumped in and persuaded the girls to talk out their issues instead of fight over it. I was shocked at their maturity in handling the situation in a peaceful way. I attributed their actions to a recent Peace First’s lessons on conflict resolution."
"I recently held parent-teacher conferences and heard a heartwarming story about the success of our Peace First time. One mother wanted to know more about 'this Peace First thing that Tyler won’t stop talking about.' His mother assured me that he was most excited to go to school when he knew that it was a Peace First day. She told me he even came home from school the week before and re-taught the lessons and the games to his younger siblings!
"We had been teaching Peace First lessons in the classroom for the entire school year. At the beginning of the year, we had an incident where a prized possession was stolen from the desk of a student during recess. As the school year was ending, George confessed to me that he had stolen the item but was scared to admit to it. He shared that after learning about problem solving in Peace First, he understood he had to tell the boy that he stolen from him and take responsibility for his actions.
"As with many 4th grade classrooms, I witnessed many incidences of bullying and disrespectful behavior. One day, I overheard one girl, Lucy, say something that was not very nice about her classmate's tattered shoes. Instead of retorting, the classmate told her that comments like that hurt her feelings and made her sad. Lucy immediately apologized and said she didn’t mean to hurt her friend. The potentially volatile situation ended in a hug between the two girls.