The No-Fault Classroom

Tools to Resolve Conflict & Foster Relationship Intelligence.

By Sura Hart, By Victoria Kindle Hodson

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Positing a radically new understanding of the root of conflict—unmet needs—this analysis boldly directs students and teachers to recognize feelings as important messengers of those needs. Refocusing attention from feelings to the needs behind the feelings addresses the underlying problem rather than the symptom; with this objective, the concept of the “No–Fault Zone” is introduced. It is a place in the classroom free from criticism or blame where students learn trust and respect for one another, develop successful conflict-resolution skills, and the responsibility for resolution shifts from teacher to students. The complete conflict resolution curriculum is included, providing step-by-step guidance and making this classroom kit a time-saver for busy teachers.


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“The brilliant, ‘no-fault classroom’ concept could create a cultural tsunami, revolutionizing the comparison-based identity culture of our schools today. A must read for all educators!”
—STEPHEN R. COVEY, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

“Years of hard work, practice, practical insight and masteryare packed into every page. Sura and Victoria will take you by the hand, open your heart and transform your classroom. I can’t recommend this clear and passionate practice highly enough.”
—MICHAEL MENDIZZA, author and founder, Touch the Future

“The No-Fault Classroom brings history alive as my students and I explore the universal needs that people are trying to meet.”
—DEB PIEROTTI, 3rd–4th grade teacher

Online Reviews:

“I’m so glad I got this one. It is perfect, with a short 10 page intro, an 18 page section for teacher prep, and then it jumps right into 155 pages of complete lesson plans. Lesson plans include time, objective, materials, type of activity, vocabulary, and procedures. The appendices are thorough and don’t go too close to the spine of the book for ease of copying.”
—Online reviewer

“This is a must have for any teacher. It is a great teaching tool to help children feel safe in a positive teaching environment. It gives children tools to help build good relationships with each other.”
—Online reviewer

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