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RESTORATIVE
JUSTICE
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE (RJ)

Checking-In with Guidelines Circle I
Setting Our Intentions
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PURPOSE To periodically check-in on the effectiveness of the guidelines in everyday life in the classroom; to encourage participants to reflect on their behavior and its alignment with the shared agreements in the classroom.

MATERIALS Talking piece; pen and paper; list of classroom agreements/values.

PREPARATION Arrange everyone in a circle of chairs with no other furniture.

Welcome to the space of the Circle.

MINDFULNESS MOMENT Pause, breathe, and listen to the sound.

OPENING Read the quote or create your own.

“It’s easy to get on the
path to Mastery. The
real challenge is
staying on it.”
~George Leonard

CHECKIN ROUND Say your name and tell us how are you doing? Is there anything particular on your mind that is important for us to know and that you feel comfortable sharing with the group?

Main Activity Aligning Actions with Intentions

Remind the group of the values and guidelines they have created in previous Circles. Review the list of classroom values and agreements. Ask each student to write down a single value and/or agreement that they really need to practice and honor today.

ROUND Please share your value and explain why you chose it.

ROUND Can you describe an action or behavior that you can do that will help you practice your value?

ROUND Can you think of anything your fellow classmates could do to help you practice that value?

CHECKOUT ROUND How do you feel about the Circle today?

CLOSING Re-read the quote or create your own.

“It’s easy to get on the
path to Mastery. The
real challenge is
staying on it.”
~George Leonard

Thank everyone for participating in the Circle!
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