School-Based Restorative Justice – Training Opportunity

FOUR full days of Restorative Justice in Schools – August 3 – 6 River Falls Wisconsin. STAR Academy sponsored by CESA 11.  To register:  http://www.cesa11.k12.wi.us/prodev/star.cfm The training will be interactive and fun.  Featuring guest speakers and opportunities to develop your skills! Please join me!  Call or email with any questions.  715-425-1100 or scvrjp@gmail.com.   Hope…

Circle-keeping brings the best of who we are right to the surface.

Catherine and I got to spend some time together, we caught up by sharing stories about Circles.  I am a high energy and passionate person.  Catherine is a dedicated, professional and energetic teacher.  She’s been learning, using and sharing her experiences of Circles in her Classroom.    You can search ‘Catherine’ on this blog and read…

Second graders solving problems, with Circle process.

Catherine teaches and engages students with School-based Restorative Justice and Classroom Circles.  She shares this story:   Another problem solving circle today in second grade. Students came in from the playground today after noon recess upset with the behavior of two classmates. It turns out that two youngsters were teasing and chasing one of the…

Another example of School-based Restorative Justice, elementary Circle story

Here is another story of School-based Restorative Justice.  Catherine has been teaching for over 20 years and has found Restorative Justice Circles to be  powerful and effective addition to her classroom and teaching!  This story is another highlight of the wonderful outcomes.  After you read this, imagine for a moment, if the formal approach was…

Elementary Classroom – Talking Pieces

Post by Catherine, classroom teacher and circlekeeper. Talking peices come in many shapes and sizes in my classroom.  Children bring items to share and leave them on the shelf to use as talking pieces. We have MN Gopher stuffed animals, Gopher pucks, Wild pucks, Gopher hats, flowers, Snoopy ornaments, coins from a variety of countries,…

How to deal with Zero Tolerance Policies.

I almost forgot I gave you a list of questions and I said I would address them.  The question of how to deal with Zero Tolerance was presented. Here’s how I operate, it seems to be successful, you may consider trying it.  Okay, it’s not totally me, it’s the idea of PRIMARY, SECONDARY and TERTIARY…