Dates: Summer 2019
Grade Level: 8th - 12th
Workshop Time: four 45-minute class periods
Venue: individual classrooms of 10-30 students
Conflict is a natural part of communication, and does not need to end in a feud. Students will use interactive theatre games to learn what causes conflict, types of conflict, how to deal with accompanying stress, and how to resolve conflicts peacefully. Students will also learn how to apply their skills to online interactions.
Day One: Manifesto
The start of the four-part workshop series explores core values, and how one’s beliefs affect behavior and the larger community. Participants will learn why it’s important to use one’s values to make decisions, act wisely in peer pressure situations, and positively impact their community. The class will end in participants creating an individual “manifesto” about their personal values.
Day Two: Power
Using theatrical scenes, participants dissect different types of conflict and analyze how power plays a role in negative interactions. Participants learn the differences between “bullying” and “conflict”, and why it’s important to use personal power to counteract bullying.
Day Three: Recon
Participants learn about how the brain works during conflict, and when it is important to take a “step back” to evaluate emotions, and think about other perspectives. Participants will decide what “cool down” strategies work for them, how to use perspective-taking strategies, and how to avoid violence in conflicts.
Day Four: Peace
The series culminates in examining how people typically resolve conflicts, and how different methods work for different situations. Participants will learn how to choose how they approach a conflict instead of falling into old habits. Participants will practice communication strategies in different scenarios.
An indoor space
A minimum 32’w x 32’d area
15-minutes set-up time before each workshop
As one of the nation’s oldest not-for-profit health care delivery systems, Kaiser Permanente has worked to improve the health of our communities for over 60 years. As part of that mission, the Educational Theatre Program uses the magic of live performance and drama-based strategies to inspire people to make healthy choices, and build strong communities.