Class meetings are an effective method for modeling, mentoring and coaching in a group setting. It allows for students to share their experiences and discuss ways to resolve issues and process through their experiences with one another. Of course, this is something that requires trust. Therefore, I will share personal experiences that required conflict resolution. Because I teach art, I will use this medium as a way of coaching and channeling their sentiments in a healthy and positive manner.
“There are truths about life that can be expressed only as stories, songs, or images” (Evans, 2009). The key to encouraging young people to open up and share personal struggles, is to show them that they are not alone and will not be judged. In my experiences as an educator, I am aware of the need and desire youth have for guidance and love. I know to be “quick to listen and slow to speak…,” this is wisdom that I follow from the scriptures (James 1:16 New International Version).
I model and teach from the elders who paved the path of life lessons and wisdom. I am a firm advocate of community involvement. The school system is a part of the community and is not to be neglected. An example, would be to invite students to town hall meetings, especially meetings involving public education. Also, have students decide who or what organizations within the community they would like to connect with.
I would provide a detailed listing of people and local organizations, and allow my students to brainstorm their resolve. Action is imperative when it comes to modeling, coaching and mentoring. I prefer teaching through experiences, and one example is to integrate community service projects within the curriculum. I believe in stepping out of the four walls (classroom) and allowing the second teacher (environment) to play its role in the learning process.
When teaching conflict resolution I initially focus on morality of the mind. A person must go within to find truth and understanding (innerstanding). Which, brings forth morality of deeds. Faith without works is dead, meaning action is born out of belief (Stevec828, 2010). I will conclude with a quote by Nikos Kazantzakis “True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.
”References Evans, K. Arts and Smarts. Greater Good. Retrieved from http://greatergood. berkeley. edu/article/item/arts_smarts. (2003). Nikos Kazantzakis. Quotes about education. Retrieved fromhttp://www. goodreads. com/quotes/tag/education? page=6. Stevec828 (2010, May 28). Action is Born of Belief, Faith Without Works is Dead [Web log post]. Bible or Not. Retrieved from http://www. bibleornot. org/action-is-born-of-belief-faith-without-works-is-dead/.