I appreciate Sharon Bowman, she has a resource-filled website, great articles and books. If you follow her on LinkedIn, great powerpoints shared. Friend and mentor, pictured here, helped me learn how to work and train teachers. In turn I teach all I can about Circles to her. She recommended Sharon’s book, the 10 minute trainer. The activity produced some great results, both in the flow of the training and the reinforcement of Restorative Justice Circles in schools.
I appreciated the side effects of using activities and exercises when training. The audience is more engaged, the individual perspectives and understanding of the information is reflected by the activities. The unpredictable-ness feeds my spontaneous style. I can add a story, or go with explaining concept and it appears in response to the room conversation (vs my deviation from a planned agenda or powerpoint).
This post is a summary of what a group of teacher trainee’s developed in response to the exercise of completing the sentance: Circles are a bridge between ___(blank)___ & ___(blank)___. Before this exercise, the training group had experienced a circle, heard an introduction on restorative justice and covered the basic facilitation skill-set. Just a shameless plug – I am happy to provide a training for your district or agency, click here.
Circles are a bridge between . . .
Hurting & Healing
Having a Voice & Being Invisible
Hostility & Harmony
In Individual Heart & Community
A Problem & A Solution
Your Frown & Your Smile
Challenges & Solutions
Fears & Security
Chaos & Harmony
Conflict & Harmony
Conflict & Reconciliation
Whitewater Rapids & Reflection Pool
Peace & Chaos
School & Stewardship (& back, like a Circle)
I have to give this group an A+!
Consider this list an endorsement for the potential Restorative Services outcomes. How would this list impact your school culture and climate?