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…

Deep Brain Learning book review and applications to Restorative Justice

I snapped this photo last night with my cell phone.  The lights of the Christmas tree blurred out the tabs on the side.  I tabbed 48 places in this book. This was my Saturday night date, this book, Deep Brain Learning.  I read it in two and a half hours, cover to cover.  I thought…

Think of Circles as a ‘magic container’, transforming the contents and the people contributing.

A diverse group of people recently gathered for Circle training.  We had college and elementary teachers/professors, campus & restorative justice program staff.  It was a very fulfilling training, lots of enthusiasm was generated and lots of ideas came forward for Circle application.  I love that part of it.  I warn people when I am training…

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,…