Source: (2008) Changing ways / building skills, 12(2): pg. 3
I remember this as my initial response to a conversation that our guidance counselor, Penny Linn, had with me towards the middle of the 2007-2008 school year, as she introduced me to a concept being used at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast. Several months have since passed, and now â€œenlightenedâ€, Iâ€™m happy to say that our implementation of circling and fundamental Restorative School Practices [RSP] has proven beneficial to our small school! The staff members who are using these â€œnew skillsâ€ on a regular basis have reported diminished behavioral outbursts in their classrooms, and are looking for further guidance with respect to special situations. Maryann Nyman, our circling coordinator, has done a tremendous job getting these principles put into schoolwide use; we are certainly fortunate to have her expertise! As we continue to hone our use of RSPâ€™s, Iâ€™m excited about the concentric circle effect that we hope to have within our community, specifically towards the secondary level as time passes.
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