School-based Restorative Justice Circles – handouts and example demonstration.

  In a school gym, we placed the Circle Center items in the basketball center court.  Four student volunteers each had a direction, and at each direction 3 months of the year were designated and students divided themselves based on date of birth.  This was a technique to mix them up and to have them…

Community Circles before Conflict Resolution Circles and always the Restorative Justice Circle process stages.

This post contains some recommendations for those of you using Circle process in a school or classroom setting.  You will want to develop the students awareness of the process.  By using Circles to “build” community you prevent harm.  The more you know about someone the less likely you are to hurt them.  Hurt people hurt…

Common sense circle caution, using restorative justice process with youth.

My favorite way to do restorative justice is with Circle process.  I have developed a clear structured style of using 4 stages.  If you aren’t familiar with that, you could read all the entires in the category: circle stages.  The other basic restorative justice circle elements include those described by Kay Pranis.  By keeping certain…

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.…