Agree-ers don’t realize they are judging. Restorative Justice Circles work best when non-judgemental.

I have been in lots and lots of Restorative Justice Circles.  They work best and feel the most natural when all of the concepts are being followed by everyone. Once in awhile you a person in the Circle, who just does not percieve themselves as not following the concepts.  They are great listeners and excellent…

Restorative Justice Circle implementation PBIS viewed from the top, an “Olive” or not?

I printed a flyer: Why_Restorative_Justice_WORKS_for_bully_behavior[1] and it explains the use of Circles for all aspects of behavior in PBIS and http://www.pbis.org/. My first presentation on the concept was at the Minnesota Department of Education, week long training on School-based Restorative Measures.  The lead trainer Nancy Riestenberg and fellow Circle keeper Jamie Williams, both laughed with me…

Community Circles before Conflict Resolution Circles and always the Restorative Justice Circle process stages.

This post contains some recommendations for those of you using Circle process in a school or classroom setting.  You will want to develop the students awareness of the process.  By using Circles to “build” community you prevent harm.  The more you know about someone the less likely you are to hurt them.  Hurt people hurt…

Striving to be in life, exactly how and who I am in Restorative Justice Circle process.

Restorative Justice Circles leave people feeling refreshed, hopeful and connected.  I know this from hearing countless reflections, and my own experiences.  I asked a Circle (that meets monthly) if there was anything more needed from the Circle.  The round began with a firm affirmation about how much Circle already gives, the joke: other than handing…

Bully Intervention and the Power of Circles. Guest Post by Matthew Kuehlhorn

Today’s post is provided by my friend Matt, we met through social media at first, he’s providing some great reflection on Circles in Schools.  Check out his work athttp://middleschoolcounselor.com/  I recommend his book Bully, if you work with teens!   Bullying Intervention and the Power of Circles My literal stumble into <a href=http://www.middleschoolcounselor.com>teaching about bullying</a>…

The impact of teaching with Restorative Justice Circle process.

 I attended the first National Restorative Justice Conference in 2007.  A small gathering happened at breakfast for those teaching Restorative Justice.  I “crashed” and met Don Haldeman, who shared his course syllabus.  I went back to Wisconsin, and 7 months later I was teaching at the local campus.  The 3 credit course is a special topics…