Strategic use of questions, when facilitating talking circles.

How many questions do you ask in a day?  How many times do you ask questions that you either a) ask to be polite or b.) already know the answer.  A type a) question might be “how was your weekend”, “how was your day”.  Conversation started, questions that get a little dialogue going.  Surface level dialogue.…

Starting Restorative Justice Circles by engaging values as guidelines.

The basic foundation of positive relationships is to live in your best sense of relationship values.  I use the word “sense” because I think this is a way to understand the spiritual sense of who we are as people.  I believe we are all spiritual, emotional, mental and physical.  By understanding our relationship to ourselves…

MN Department of Education Restorative Measures

My presentation at the training:  MN dept of Ed June 2010. The piece I spoke to was ‘Restorative Conversations’ the 1:1 segment of restorative justice.  It was a great group of people and I was really proud to be someone Nancy would call on to help with training.

It takes courage to participate in Restorative Justice Circles.

What is your character? It’s the only thing you really own.  It can’t be taken from you.  Things that test it, only make you stronger.  People that push you, hurt you, challenge you can be a gift when you allow your character to grow.  The human experience is that journey through our challenges. Your character…

Creating rules or creating values, the difference in a restorative classroom.

In the photo – Catherine and students in a morning circle.  Responsive Classroom has been taken one step further with implementing restorative justice in the classroom. A recent training:  Restorative Justice in Schools:  Effective Use of Circles.  I use a combination of Circle itself, Powerpoint and small group discussion to teach the various concepts and…