Source: (2010) Restorative Practices E-Forum. 7 January.
The first change I made to begin building community was to rearrange my classroom management system to reflect the new focus of our classroom. I created â€œCommunity, Inc.,â€ a classroom management system that was â€œpublicly owned; created communities; invested in relationships and made a profit from the positive growth and relationships it created.â€ In this new system every student had a job, along with responsibilities to the overall â€œcompany.â€ My classroom had â€œcorporate meetingsâ€ at least twice a day, and sometimes more frequently if we needed to address an issue in the classroom. â€œCommunity, Inc.â€ pushed the typical boundaries of classroom rules to a system where the students decided the norms of behavior in the classroom, along with how each student would be held accountable, not just to the teacher and administration, but also to the community as a whole. (excerpt)
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