Kathryn Hijazi

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Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 20 minutes this week to reflect on the systems I am a part of and my role in them.

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LEARN ABOUT LOCAL ISSUES

I will find out what local sustainability issues are most urgent in my region, including both social and environmental justice concerns.

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START A SYSTEMS JOURNAL

I will start a systems journal, capturing my thoughts, concerns and learning about peace, justice, and sustainability issues.

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Peace Talks

Practice Listening

This week, I will practice intentionally listening to 5 people I disagree with or do not share common experience with.

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Talk To Others

I will tell 9 people why peace, justice, and sustainability is important to me and what my vision for a sustainable world is.

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Communicate Constructively

I will use the communication methods I read about this week to practice effective, compassionate, and nonviolent communication with someone I interact with regularly: my roommate, my parents, my co-work, my partner, my classmates, or my children.

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  • Kathryn Hijazi 8/29/2019 3:54 AM
    I teach adolescents in 7th-12th grades in a Montessori environment.  We have two mixed age groups, from 12-15 and from 15-18.  The younger group is embarking on a year-long study of conflict and peace and most of the humanities lessons and activities evolve from this theme.  We are looking at the origins of conflict and understanding that while conflict is an essential component of creativity, it can easily devolve into disorder and unhappiness and of course, larger disputes.  We look at issues of environmental justice, social justice and international events, both historical and current.  Sadly there are abundant examples of situations in which conflict did not reach creative and positive outcomes, but I'm always seeking positive endings as well.  Let me know of stories I might share.

    • Hi Kathryn, I think it's great that your class explored the concepts of conflict and peace! I've taken a few conflict resolution classes during college, and I feel that they were meaningful complements to my Environmental Studies major. I really do think that understanding conflict, how to guide it to being constructive for all involved, and understanding the different forms of peace, are all valuable for us to start learning at a young age. That's why I'm happy to hear that these concepts were part of your class curriculum. Thanks for sharing!