Use quotes from famous individuals to facilitate student reflection on the importance of conflict resolution.
Write the quotes below on slips of paper. Place the slips on students’ desks. When students enter the room, instruct them to read the quote on their desk and rephrase it in their own words.
Have students stand. Tell them, “In 30 seconds, when I say ‘go,’ take fives steps. Share your quote with a classmate and then tell them what it means to you.”
To improve listening skills—a major component of culturally responsive conflict resolution— have the student who heard the quote paraphrase it back to the student who read the quote. This practice also checks for comprehension.
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. — Marie Curie
Don't ever let them pull you down so low as to hate them.— Booker T. Washington
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
— Nelson Mandela
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. — Albert Einstein
He took over anger to intimidate subordinates, and in time anger took over him. — Milan Kundera
Only reverence can restrain violence—reverence for human life and the environment. — William Sloane Coffin, Jr.