Restorative Circles in Schools: Building Community and Enhancing Learning


Restorative Circles in Schools: Building Community and Enhancing Learning

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Restorative Circles in Schools: Building Community and Enhancing Learning
By Bob Costello, Joshua Wachtel and Ted Wachtel 
 
Book (paperback), 136 pages
Published by the IIRP
 
Restorative Circles in Schools: Building Community and Enhancing Learning is a practical guide to the use of circles in schools and other settings, as well as an in-depth exploration of circle processes. The book includes numerous stories about the way circles have been used in many diverse situations, discussion on the use of proactive, responsive and staff circles, and an overview of restorative practices, with particular emphasis on its relationship to circle processes.
Contents:
 
1. Two Stories
 
2. Restorative Practices 
     Circles, Restorative Justice and the IIRP
     Social Discipline Window
     The Restorative Questions
     Restorative Practices Continuum
     Fair Process
     Psychology of Affect
     A Note About Ritual 
 
3. Proactive Circles
     Why Circles?
     Getting Started with Circles
     Types of Circles
     Talking Pieces
     Check-in and Check-out
     Integrating Circles with Course Content
     Behavioral Expectations
     Games
     Other Proactive Circles
     Three More Points
 
4. Responsive Circles
     Something Happened in Class
     Singling Out Students
     Patterns of Behavior
     On the Bus
     The Baggage We Carry
     Dangerous Situations
     Deaths
     Why Do Circles Work?
     Reacting to Something Good That Happened
     Restorative Punishment?
     Formal Restorative Conferences
 
5. Staff Circles
     Using Circles to Learn About Circles
     Staff Meetings Using Circles
     Conflicts with Teachers
     Toxic Environments
     Schools with Residential Facilities
     Unintended Consequences
     Circles with Administrators
     Community Circles and Other Possibilities
 
Afterword
 
References
 
Resources
 
Join the IIRP’s Restorative Practices eForum
 
About the IIRP
 
About the Authors

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