Tips & Ideas

Guidance and inspiration to help you build skills and community in your classroom and school

May 4, 2018
    Focus: Restorative Circle to Welcome a Student Back to the School Community After an AbsenceTime: 13:59 minWho & Where: Bunche High School, OaklandGrade Level: High School   Description…
May 2, 2018
Students have many reasons to be distracted. Maybe they’ve just come from differently structured activities like phys ed, music, or lunch, and are finding it hard to refocus.  A hallway between…
April 24, 2018
Restorative Justice Circle from YWCA Madison on Vimeo.   Focus: Problem Solving Circle on “Struggling with Being on Time”Time: 9:17 minWho & Where:  YMCA, Madison, WI, (with students and…
April 17, 2018
Focus:  A Restorative Circle on “Stop Bullying”Time: 4:04 minWho & Where: Glenview Elementary School, Oakland, CAGrade level: Elementary School   Description The teacher in this video starts…
April 16, 2018
  Focus: A Restorative Circle on Gratitude Time: 8:18 min Who & Where: Crawford High School, San Diego, CA Grade level: High School   Description A student circle keeper talks the viewer…
April 13, 2018
    YouTube Name: Crawford Community Building Circle Focus: Restorative Mindset, Restorative Practices (RP) & Student Centered Learning Time: 11:30 min Who & Where: The Curley School,…
April 10, 2018
    Focus: Restorative Mindset & Practices throughout the School Day Time: 14:39 min Who & Where: Spokane Public Schools, WA Grade level: K-12   Description The educators in the clip…
January 4, 2018
Empathy isn’t just a quality – it’s a skill that can be learned. Here’s an activity to help students practice their empathy skills.   Empathy is a popular word these days. Politicians, talk show…
December 18, 2017
We all have self-talk. Fortunately, we, and our students, can learn to shape what that self-talk is.   As we go about our daily lives we are constantly interpreting the situations in which we find…
November 13, 2017
An “I Need Message” is a short and sweet way for students to be assertive and get their needs met, even with people they don’t know well.    The “I Message” is a staple of social and emotional…