Two boys got into A fight today at recess. I had an opportunity to talk with them. They did really well at figuring out what went down between them and what part they each played in it. They apologized, and agreed to work together in writing down a new version of the story that would end with them working it out and not resorting to violence. Unfortunately they will have to serve a day of suspension, but they are on there way to learning that there are many ways of handling challenging conflict situations.
I love my job!
from Giles Charle's post on Restorative Justice at West Oakland Middle School:
I am very happy with my job, even though I don't make very much money and I have no idea if it, or anything like it will exist next year. I do believe that Restorative Justice provides some crucial answers for us as we move towards our true potential as peaceful cooperative beings.
With that said today was rough, I had more kids in lunch detention/thinkery then I new what to do with. Thanks to Mr. Brooks the co-principle of West Oakland Middle School (WOMS) we were able to sort out the students who understood what they did and were ready to take responsibility and head back to class from the kids who needed a little bit more reflection time before they would be ready.