Once your students have identified their personal anger triggers, have them share those triggers with each other. This can foster empathy, increase students' awareness of themselves and others, and reduce conflicts.
Sometimes students become aware only later, after reflection, that they could have handled a situation in a better way. Lay the groundwork for students to request a "do-over" so they can address a mistake or misunderstanding after the fact.
On November 7, Morningside Center learned that we had been awarded a prestigious federal i3 (Investing in Innovation) grant to build skills, community, and equity in our schools. Our proposal for a Whole School Restorative Practices Project was one of 15 selected from the 385 received by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will support four years of exciting action, innovation, and research.
On February 22, the Trump administration rescinded the Obama administration’s helpful guidelines on transgender students.
Students are often stumped when it comes to finding a resolution to a conflict beyond saying “I’m sorry.” To get over this hump, encourage students to take two additional steps: Ask creative questions to understand the other person’s needs, and make a written commitment to change.
We've been doing circles at my school as a study skills course since the start of the year. It's been challenging when students act out, not respecting the talking piece. It impacts the rest of the group and their willingness to share. Do you have any suggestions of how to handle disruptive behavior of this kind?
– Tina Stiver, 7th Grade Social Studies teacher and 6th grade Study Skills Course facilitator, Lincoln K-8, Warren, Ohio
It is Thursday, January 19th, 2017, and I am sitting in a large, warm, aesthetically comforting office at a school that I have been sitting in every school day since Tuesday.
On Monday, the same day the country celebrated the birth of one of the most prolific social justice revolutionaries of the last (and probably this) century, a 13-year-old boy from this school died unexpectedly and suddenly from what is believed to have been an asthma attack. The entire school community was thrown into deep shock.
"I Messages" are a great SEL tool for conveying our emotional needs. But sometimes they can be used to make accusations. We can prevent that from happening with this simple tweak in the I Message format.
When I was in Ohio a few weeks back, I visited four different middle schools that recently started implementing circles. I had been asked to do some modeling, so that teachers and counselors who were expected to run circles with their students could get a sense of what a well facilitated circle process looks like. I wasn’t making any promises about what these circles would achieve, because I didn’t have a relationship with any of the students and there’s only so much that’s possible in a first-time circle.
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