CEASE AT NAEYC, November 20-23:
JOIN CEASE IN DEMONSTRATING AT THE CAPITOL!
West Front Terrace of the U.S. Capitol
JOIN CEASE AT OUR ANNUAL SEMINAR Friday, 3:00-4:30PM Room 151B
Empowering Children to Cultivate Peacemaking and Democratic Life Skills.
The following presenters will introduce their topics for small group discussions:
Children learn democratic skills in the way they are raised and taught. The basics of the skills are learned as babies. When we change a diaper, for instance, we tell them what is about to happen and they become a participant in the process. When they are toddlers they learn to be contributing members of the classroom community. They want to help by cleaning the tables after their meal, by sweeping, and feeding the infants. We show them they are a member of the group by giving them choices in their activities—not many at first but one or two. In a mixed age infant/toddler classroom toddlers learn to be gentle and caring with the infants. They want to be. Democratic skills are learned over a lifetime but it is important to learn these skills at the very beginning of life. Craig Simpson
As a primary grade teacher, I provided students with tools to solve problems peacefully and to develop relationships that empowered them to meet the challenges in the classroom, on the playground and ultimately in life. Class meetings, developing rules to live by and working together to communicate and find solutions to many issues, are as important as learning the basic academic curriculum. In our presentation we’ll take a look at Dan Gartrell’s Education for a Civil Society and guidelines and practices that help us empower our students. Irene Lipshin
Nothing encourages me more to promote the empowerment of young children than to witness the long range outcome of such empowerment. Having taught young children for over thirty years, I have observed that the children who develop confidence in peaceful problem solving, who delight in and value the natural world, and who contribute respectfully and thoughtfully in building a genuine school community, grow into competent, creative young adults who shape their world in positive ways. Sharon Davisson