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Creating rules or creating values, the difference in a restorative classroom

May 30, 2010

We talk very little with children about values.  Circles are where that talking can take place.  In Circles you can discuss and demonstrate trust, respect, honesty and caring. Even when you are talking about other things you can be sharing about these values.  Circles bring our character.  What you share about shows character.  Deep down inside all of us, is our core character, and young people need help.  They need help carving out character, and we can do that by teaching and talking about values.

….Values stay with us longer than rules.  Values transfer situation or setting.  We need rules to offer structure and I think using values as rules is a way to create a restorative classroom.  Rules are hard to place in relationships to each other, values are the means to which we treat each other.  Next time you are considering the rules, think about the values instead.

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