The Cube of Peace
The Cube of Peace systematically teaches students and adults to focus on the positive: to respect differences, to overcome difficulties and to solve problems. Those who use the cube build a sense of community within their educational setting that increases self-esteem and their respect for others who are different from themselves. Incidents of bullying and behavior problems decrease and students become more mindful and reflective of their behavior. It fosters an environment that maximizes learning and helps students become co-builders of peace.
How does it work?
Each morning the Cube of Peace is rolled in class, and both students and teacher commit to living the phrase that comes up for the day. The Cube is a pedagogical tool that changes the academic culture. As these phrases are put into practice, they become part of life and serve to transform negative behaviors and relationships into reciprocal acts of mutual concern.
- Be first to reach out to others
- Treat each person with respect
- Share each other’s joys and hurts
- Discover the good in others
- Treat others as you want to be treated
- Forgive those who hurt you
Learn more about the Cube of Peace on the Official Website.
“We use the Cube of Peace during Social Studies when we do current events. We read about a positive story in the news and relate what happened in the article to one of the phrases of the cube. It’s the same when we read a negative current event in the news. We talk about how issues could be solved using the phrases of the cube. We always manage as a class to come up with a solution using the phrases no matter how big or small the conflict. This helps students relate what we do with the Cube of Peace on a global scale. The cube really can solve all of the problems that we face in the world today. By using the cube every day, students set an example and teach others around them to be peacemakers. We are collectively trying to make the world a more peaceful place.”
Kenmery Hill, middle school teacher
“Each morning one of my students rolls the Cube of Peace and I write the phrase on the board for the day. We discuss what the point of the phrase is and how to live it. After recess the students share their experiences of putting the point into practice. I have seen such a change in how they interact with each other. It has resulted in very few mediation sessions after recess.”
Pat Gildard, 2nd grade teacher
Poughkeepsie, New York
“When I look out at the students in my class coming from so many diverse cultures, I find that living the Cube of Peace helps to bring harmony among us. It’s making a major difference in the students’ attitude and behavior. During a teacher-parent conference, two parents asked to start using the cube in their home.”
Yvonne D’Souza, 4th grade teacher
“Before using the cube, my students used the street language of the neighborhood without realizing that what they utter could be cursing a mother of their classmates. One day while tossing the Cube of Peace, the phrase ‘discover the good in the others’ came up. When my students understood this phrase, they became conscious of avoiding words that could hurt or harm a person.
“Another time a student was having a meltdown. Before when he was angry, he would tear off the papers on the bulletin board and become violent towards his classmates. One day when he was about to have a meltdown, with tears in his eyes, he took the cube and held it tightly in his hands and hid under the computer table until he calmed down. In a few minutes, he raised his hand to let me know he was ready to participate in class.”
Leoncita Dionson, special education teacher
“Our school has chosen to make the Cube of Peace an integral part of our curriculum. Teachers use the cube as a teaching tool that frames instruction. Practical elements such as how to deal with bullies are used in the classroom to illustrate pro-social values.”
Old Bridge, New Jersey
“I used the cube as part of an anti-bullying program in a school-wide initiative. The project incorporated the cube as an enjoyable and concrete approach to help students live ethical values and apply them in resolving conflict and violence. Research indicated that bullying decreased over the short term since its implementation.”
Dr. John Chan, Psychologist
“The Cube of Peace can be used with an individual, family, group or within a classroom, and students and adults easily learn how to use it. In these days of budget constraints, this tool is very inexpensive. During the formative years in elementary and junior grades the cube is most effective in helping students form ethical habits in their lives.”
Rosemarie Johnson, Social Worker
|Publication Date||Feb 15, 2018|
|Author||Living City Magazine|