Day 3 : "Like wifi, but not in a good way."

Snapshot 1 is my rough diagram of the escalating cycle of violence, in which every blow (physical or emotional) is met with another, bigger blow... and eventually the two people or communities in conflict are separated so far that it becomes very difficult to reconcile. My classroom "clicked" with the cycle, and committed to catching conflicts before they get out of control.

The best descriptor of the diagram: "Like wifi, but not in a good way."

Snapshot 2 is the placeholder poster for our respect agreement, going up and being officially signed on Friday. Our school relies heavily on the work of Ron and Roxanne Claassen in restorative discipline, and the conversations in my class show clearly that kids are ready for an alternative to punitive discipline and zero tolerance.

- JMF (the teacher)

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