Since I’ve arrived at Willow Oaks it has been a personal quest to help enforce a more positive culture. I have strived to make sure that kids were using proper conflict resolution to their problems. This story involves a second grader in class one day and was relayed to me by a teacher. The class was having social studies and they were discussing how people in different countries go to war, and even strife within nations end up arguing over things and going to war. When asked to describe why the students felt these nations went to war and what could possibly be done to stop this in the future one of the girls raised her hand and replied with this, “I think they should just Ro Sham Bo. When I argued in 4-Square coach Michael told me to Ro Sham Bo and we were able to keep playing and there were no more problems.” This highlights the innocence of a child but also makes me feel like I am doing something right that they would remember this and try to apply it in real life situations.Being so close with the kids I often don’t see the changes I hope to see, but hearing things like this lets me know that what we do here is working in some sense, and we are changing things more than we can see.
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