Demonstration of Procedure
For the children to understand the purpose of the Peace Table, the teacher must demonstrate its proper use as a part of their peace education. You can do this by role-playing a situation familiar to the children, using an assistant teacher or other adult. For example, the teacher can pretend to be working on a puzzle or building blocks, when the other teacher comes over to interrupt, perhaps taking a piece out of her hands. The teachers can do a mock argument. Then one needs to invite the other to the Peace Table to discuss the situation: "I invite you to the Peace Table!"
A demonstration of the proper procedure follows. The one who does the inviting gets to hold the Peace Flower first. "You hurt my feelings when you...[mention the offending behavior here]." The Peace Flower is then passed to the other person, who is given a chance to respond. As each person takes a turn in the conversation, she must be holding the peace flower. Only the person holding the peace flower is permitted to speak. It must be passed gently back and forth throughout the conversation. When the conflict is resolved, both parties hold the peace flower at the same time and say, "We declare peace."
The teachers will demonstrate this procedure while simultaneously modeling appropriate language to use during conflict resolution. A follow-up discussion on procedure can occur after the demonstration, and should be reinforced periodically.
Reading books on conflict resolution techniques, manners, and peace education can also reinforce appropriate language to use.
When the children are first practicing using the Peace Table, they may require some adult mediation to get started. As they master its use, proficient children can assist others.