DISTANCE COURSE

3 months

STRATEGIES & ACTIVITIES for:

-Kindergarten & Preschool

-Primary

-High School

Why teaching “Conflict Resolution” in our communities?

Learn to apply effective methods for improving students’ abilities to resolve their conflicts using the components of a Conflict Resolution Program for any grade from Kindergarten to High School.
 
Participants will experience sample lessons to practical problem-solving strategies that students can learn to use on their own.
 
Start teaching in a safe disciplined environment and a positive school climate with effective techniques to improve your students’ abilities to resolve their conflicts in a constructive way.

This course has been designed for:

  • Kindergarten, Pre-school, Primary and High School Teachers.

  • School Headmasters/Headmistresses, Coordinators and Directors of Study.

  • Teacher Training Students.

  • Social Facilitators, catechists, coaches, etc.

UNIT 1: RESOLVING CONFLICTS AT SCHOOL
(Part 1)

A constructive and positive approach.
Effective methods for improving students’ abilities to resolve their conflicts constructively
Why teaching “Conflict Resolution” in our communities?
Safe disciplined environment and positive school climate.
COMMUNITY BUILDING:  Getting to know each other. Feelings of belonging and respect.
The friendly classroom.
Building trust, friendship, respect and cooperation.
Exploring common interests.
Respecting and celebrating differences.

UNIT 2: RESOLVING CONFLICTS AT SCHOOL (Part 2) 
RULES FOR LIVING IN AGREEMENT: strategies to solve problems.
 The rule creation process.
Developing healthy and helpful habits.
What’s good about Rules?
How do I teach the Rules in the classroom?
 Framework for appropriate and respectful behavior.  
I-care Rules for little kids Rules.
The Problem solving process.
“The Peace Table” - What is a Peacemaker?

UNIT 3: UNDERSTANDING CONFLICT
Understanding “conflict” as a natural consequence of human interaction.
The elements of conflict: the issue, the relationships and the emotions.
The nature of conflict.
The nature of violence.
Conflict vs. Violence.
Problem-solving strategies.
Steps for taking responsibility: apologizing, admitting mistakes, caring about others. 
Exploring different kinds of conflict: internal, interpersonal, international.
“Win-win is possible!”.

UNIT 4: DEALING WITH EMOTIONS in class
When managing our emotions seems too hard.
Anger Management
Anger…is it all bad?
Pros and cons of anger.
Understanding that anger is a natural emotion.: pros & Cons
How to redirect anger creatively and constructively. 
Managing anger effectively: options for “calming down”.
 Being “proactive” rather than “reactive”! 
Anger management plan.

UNIT 5: EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION 
Developing communication skills
The importance of emotionally intelligent communication.
How to learn the art of skilled learning.
Steps to Effective Listening.
Body language: understanding non-verbal messages
Becoming more assertive.
Paraphrasing: to prevent misunderstandings and to show that you care. 
Stopping rumors.

UNIT 6: STUDENT MEDIATION: in a  Preventive Program for Conflict Resolution
The skills needed to manage and resolve conflict nonviolently.
What is a “Mediator?  Why Mediation at school?
Why “Student Mediators”?
Teaching Students to be Peer Mediators
The Mediation procedure.  The Mediators vocabulary.
Benefits of Peacemaking

UNIT 7: COOPERATIVE LEARNING
Cooperative Learning as a powerful teaching strategy.
Dr Spencer Kagan’s Cooperative Learning Structures.
What are CL Structures?
PIES: the 4 principles of CL.
Structures to regulate interaction between pairs, for team work and to involve the entire class.
Favorite Structures: Round robin – Rally table - Roundtable - Mix-Freeze-Pair - Think-Pair-Share - Line Ups - Mix-N-Match - Find Someone Who – Numbered Heads Together- Outside, Inside Circle-
Creating a caring Classroom. Teaching Social Skills

UNIT 8: SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING PROGRAM
Life Skills through SEL: Social and Emotional Learning.
Helping students make supportive relationships that make learning challenging, engaging and meaningful.
Effective SEL programming fosters five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective and behavioral competencies:
-         Self-awareness
-         Self-management
-         Social awareness,
-         Relationship skills
-         Responsible decision-making.

UNIT  9:  STEPS TO BUILD: Resilience, Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance
-  Their importance for student well-being and academic success.
-  Learning the characteristics of resilience
-  Three sources of resilience.
-  Understanding resilience as a developing process: bouncing back from adversity.
-  Fostering Grit: persevering through challenges.
-  Celebrating Success.

UNIT 10:  FOSTERING A POSITIVE CLASSROOM CLIMATE AT SCHOOL
 Establishing a productive and respectful learning atmosphere.
-   A sense of security: Knowing what is expected from us, feeling safe and capable of trusting others, knowing that others can trust us and understanding and accepting the need for “rules and limits”.
-   A sense of identity: the knowledge and perceptions that we have of ourselves:  knowing who I am, what I can become and how I feel about my image.
-   A sense of belonging: we also need a feeling of being accepted and being connected in a group…we need to belong.
-   A sense of purpose enables us to enrich our life by setting realistic and achievable goals, taking the necessary actions to accomplish our aims and taking responsibility for our decisions.
-   A sense of competence is knowing that we can reach our goals and be successful.

UNIT 11:  BULLYING PREVENTION
What is Bullying: different forms and roles.
When and where does it happen?
How do I know if students are being bullied at my school?
Which students are more vulnerable?
The most effective tool: prevention.
Creating an anti-bullying climate.
What schools, teachers and families can do.
The Do’s and Don’ts to create an inclusive environment.
Cyberbulling.
Become an Upstander!
Keys to make your students bully-proof.

UNIT 12: HOW TO  BULLYPROOF YOUR CLASSROOM
Building bully-free skills and attitudes.
Fostering kindness.
Preventing conflict.
Responding to conflict
Addressing name-calling and teasing.
Accepting differences

COURSE  HANDBOOK in PDF Format: Each Unit, will be electronically delivered (via mail) once a week for you to read it at your own pace.
Themes in Units are thoroughly described in this Course Handbook, together with pictures, graphs, charts, teaching resources, etc…
Strategies to build understanding, Graphic Organizers, Visual Aids, Interactive Boards, Games, Cooperative Learning Team Activities,  and plenty of  hand- made Teaching Resources for immediate use in your class.
1-       Extra material to read.
2-      Suggested Web Sites to visit.
3-      Suggested Bibliography.
4-      Recommended Videos in You Tube.

A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION will be delivered to those who finish the 12 units

FEES

OPTION 1
One payment of $3.000

OTHER COUNTRIES
One payment of U$D 90

PAYMENT

OPTION 1
BANK DEPOSIT / TRANSFERENCE to

OPTION 2
through Mercado Pago
with Credit Cards - Pago Fácil - RapiPago - Banelco

Please, send an email to info@gracebertolini.com.ar to receive enrollment and
payment instructions. 
Don't forget to include:

  • Personal information: Name, Address, City, Postal Code, Country, Phone and Mobile.

  • Institutional Information: Institution/School, Position, Phone, email.

BIO-DATA

Grace Bertolini is an experienced Teacher of English as a Foreign Language. She attended courses on Learning Organizations, Multiple Intelligences, Classroom Management, TPRS, Cooperative Learning, Learning and the Brain, Social Emotional Learning, Conflict Resolution and Positive Discipline in England, USA and Spain.

She studied other languages such as French, Italian and Portuguese and she has studies in Physical Education.

She has also got a Neuro Learning Degree that has allowed her to incorporate tools for brain-compatible learning, positive educational environment and multiple intelligences.

For more than 35 years she has taught all levels and ages at bilingual schools, Private Schools of English and Business Companies and she is former Kindergarten & Primary Head of English at Highlands School in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

She is a Bilingual Facilitator for Peace Education Foundation (USA), a Certified Positive Discipline Classroom Educator for Positive Discipline Association (USA), and she lectures on Social Emotional Learning, Conflict Resolution, Classroom Management and Positive Discipline at school.

At present, she delivers courses for Asociación Educar para el Desarrollo Humano and ECO: Escuela de Coaching Ontológico in Argentina and for Cambridge University Press in Chile.

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