Yesterday, I worked out some conflicts among 4th graders.
Some boys were destroying each others’ block structures while they shared a cramped work table, another boy had pushed a girl’s chair out of his way, while she was still sitting on it. She let out a yelp in surprise, He called her a diva.
To work out these conflicts, I had to hear the cases, ensure that these students would listen to each other’s complaints. I reminded them about respect, which is at the heart of this school’s conduct policy. I also reminded them to be patient with each other.
They responded well. They agreed to apologize and forgive, to move forward and go on in peace. It only took a few minutes.
I wish it was this easy for adults.
Blessed are the peacemakers.