March's life skill was Problem Solving. In each class we read Rulers of the Playground as a fun way to launch our discussion of problem solving. In Rulers of the Playground, both Jonah and Lennox want to be king and queen of the playground. They conquer the playground until there is nothing left to take over and no friends left to play with. Jonah and Lennox realize that conquering is complicated and it is much more fun if everybody can play where ever they want!
As part of our Second Step (SEL) curriculum, we use the STEP model for solving problems: Say the problem without blame, Think of solutions, Explore consequences, and Pick the best solution. To help support students in using these STEPS and to effectively communicate with one and other, we use a tool called the Peace Path. We introduced the Peace Path in kindergarten through third grade. In fourth and fifth grade we use the same strategies as the Peace Path, but it's used in the form of a script, rather than a path.
The Peace Path is a tool to help children communicate more effectively with their peers in the event of a conflict. Students walk down the path and use the script provided on the path to help them communicate their feelings and articulate the problem using assertive language. Click on the links below to take a look at the Peace Path & Script!