Conduct a shmirat halashon (guarding our speech) marathon. Divide the day into 24 hours, and have students sign up for the hour that they will refrain from speaking and hearing all forms of gossip and evil speech. Following the marathon, de-brief with students by asking them how it felt and what was challenging for them during the marathon.
Collect money to use towards constructive conflict resolution. Students may vote for a worthwhile cause; for example, students might choose to donate to a local organization that is dedicated to conflict resolution or bring a speaker to the school who is involved in the field of conflict resolution.
Add a special tefilah to your school’s minyan.
Cook and/or eat contrasting foods to show students that sometimes contrast or constructive conflict can bring about an even richer taste.
Announce 9 Adar during morning announcements. Write the story of 9 Adar on the school website. Have older students share the story of 9 Adar with younger students. To help you, click here for source sheets.
Have students create art, music or poetry that incorporates conflict resolution and the pursuit of peace.
Have your students compile a class agreement that will encourage the peaceful resolution of conflict. Here is another opportunity to try out a Rodef Shalom lesson! Click here for the Rodef Shalom class haskama lesson plan. To learn more about the Rodef Shalom program for middle schools, click here.
Discuss with students the power of greeting others in the school hallways.
A note about Conflict Resolution Day and 9 Adar from the Association for Conflict Resolution
Invite a local professional who is involved in conflict resolution and the pursuit of peace to speak to students about what he/she does and how it impacts society.
Join the campaign for 3000 people to declare “I too commit to disagree more constructively”. After studying about 9Adar and “disagreements for the sake of Heaven”, have your students make a poster stating “I too commit to disagree more constructively. Make sure to include the name of your school and city on the poster. You can post your pics on Facebook and/or Twitter using #9Adar or you can email them to 9Adar@pardes.org.il.