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So Much That I Could Share…

As I reflected on what I would like to share with you this month there were so many things that came to mind.  I had a very hard time narrowing my ideas down to a message that would be a desirable length. Your students have amazed me over and over again during this first term.  They are examples of the Spring Creek LEARN tools in so many ways. I have seen them own their behavior as they have participated in what is called restorative practices.  We ask students to answer the following questions.

What happened? What were you thinking of at the time? What have you thought about since? Who has been affected by what you have done?  In what way? What do you think you need to do to make things right? I get the privilege of facilitating these discussions.  Sometimes one on one with a student and sometimes in groups that have had something happen between them.  I wish that I had a video of the insightful and mature ways students have answered these questions and committed to act differently.  Many times the behavior I witness from them exceeds what I see in many adults.

Another experience is the heartfelt apologies that I have received and witnessed.  An apology is an interesting act. It is often thought of as the word “sorry” and done. We help the students use the following frame.

I am sorry for…

because…

Can you forgive me?

Is there anything that I can do for you?

The apologies that students have generated are sincere and I have seen them act differently after they go through the process.

The restorative practices that we are implementing have changed the way I feel about challenging behaviors.  I have always hoped that I could use mistakes as learning experiences but now we have a consistent process to help students learn what to do when they make mistakes.  We all make mistakes and wish we might have handled situations differently. These practices allow us to reflect on our actions and accept the challenge to make it right and choose something different the next time.

Tanto que podría compartir …

Al reflexionar sobre lo que me gustaría compartir con ustedes este mes, se me ocurrieron muchas cosas. Me costó mucho reducir mis ideas a un mensaje que sería una extensión deseable. Sus alumnos me han sorprendido una y otra vez durante este primer trimestre. Son ejemplos de las herramientas de Spring Creek LEARN de muchas maneras. Los he visto poseer su comportamiento, ya que han participado en lo que se llama prácticas restaurativas. Pedimos a los alumnos que respondan las siguientes preguntas.

¿Que pasó?

¿En qué estabas pensando en ese momento?

¿En qué has pensado desde entonces?

¿Quién ha sido afectado por lo que has hecho? ¿En qué manera?

¿Qué crees que necesitas hacer para hacer las cosas bien?

Tengo el privilegio de facilitar estas discusiones. A veces uno a uno con un estudiante y a veces en grupos que han tenido algo entre ellos. Desearía tener un video de las formas perspicaces y maduras en que los estudiantes respondieron estas preguntas y se comprometieron a actuar de manera diferente. Muchas veces el comportamiento que presencio de ellos excede lo que veo en muchos adultos.

Otra experiencia son las sinceras disculpas que he recibido y presenciado. Una disculpa es un acto interesante. A menudo se considera como la palabra “lo siento” y se hace. Ayudamos a los estudiantes a usar el siguiente marco.

Lo siento por…

porque…

¿Puedes perdonarme?

¿Hay algo que pueda hacer por ti?

Las disculpas que los estudiantes han generado son sinceras y las he visto actuar de manera diferente después de pasar por el proceso.

Las prácticas restaurativas que estamos implementando han cambiado la forma en que me siento acerca de los comportamientos desafiantes. Siempre he esperado poder usar los errores y las experiencias de aprendizaje, pero ahora tenemos un proceso consistente para ayudar a los estudiantes a aprender qué hacer cuando cometen errores. Todos cometemos errores y deseamos haber manejado las situaciones de manera diferente. Estas prácticas nos permiten reflexionar sobre nuestras acciones y aceptar el desafío de hacer lo correcto y elegir algo diferente la próxima vez.

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