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I have to blog today.  I’ve tried to do daily posts.  It’s not easy.  Today is a “have to blog” day.  Ever notice that what we want to do and have to do, make a difference in how much we actually enjoy the task? I’ve learned SO much from blogging.  I’ve put my heart into…

SCVRJP – Programs that use Circles

SCVRJP uses Circles! I’ll explain our Circle programs: We facilitate Underage Consumption Panels, in Circle. A recent volunteer shared that at first explanation, he thought “what, this is for little kids?”. As it turns out he said “the process is amazing and can really get to the heart of issues”. We use a workbook to…

Tip of the Week – emotional climate

When you start to “keep” Circles, there are many skills to develop.  In trainings I often tell learners “nobody gets to be a blackbelt overnight”.  I am trying to convey that like all new skills, you’ll need practice!  I also try to convey that we should always keep learning. So once you’ve have an understanding about the basic…

Circles create lasting connections

I was waiting to pick my daughter up from work, one of her coworker emerged from the back.  He’s a young man that participated in a Circle with me 2 years ago.  “Jay” was court ordered to attend, and we had to work to get him there.  His worker and I coordinated his attendance, I even picked him…

Restorative Justice – meeting with victims

Recently I’ve had a number of meetings with victims, and worked with them in a variety of places in the Restorative Justice process.  Restorative Justice is victim centered, meaning the victims make decisions about participating, about the conference and support them after a restorative experience. I’d like to offer you my experiences and suggestions for working with people who have experienced harm.  I’ve got…

Guest Post – Catherine, 3rd Grade teacher

Catherine posted this story as a comment and I am moving it to a post. Peace – Kris   Here is my circle story of the day. I teach 2nd grade in an urban Minnesota school. I open each school day with a circle (Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting Circle) and end each day with a…