I want my children to have the best education possible. I help them with their homework and I volunteer when I can at the school. It wasn’t until I started volunteering that I actually became aware of the complexity of our school system. Every child is different and has a unique set of needs that must be met on a daily basis. When conflict arises at the school level and beyond, we need to know the best way to handle it. “Unbroken Circles for Schools: Restoring Schools one Conflict at a Time” is a flexible guide to help set up a community of care in your own school to help resolve conflicts both in and out of the school.
“Unbroken Circles for Schools: Restoring Schools one Conflict at a Time” is best suited for educators and administrators in the school system, but anyone can benefit from reading this book. The goal of the book is to help transform our schools into a safe haven for students. The “Unbroken Circles” program is intended to empower students and help them to become their best. When schools implement the “Unbroken Circles”, students (and educators) will learn the tools they need to diffuse conflicts both at school and at home.
I am neither an educator nor an administrator. The book opened my eyes to many of the issues that children face in our society. It helped me to understand that when a “wrong” has a occurred there is more to the solution than punishing the offender, all sides must be validated. The offender must be made accountable but we need to ensure that it is done in a way that doesn’t create more conflict or follow the offender for a lifetime.
The author, Ken Johnson meticulously documents his references so you can follow up on much of his research on your own. He uses charts and examples to help explain his findings.
Normally I read a book at a fast pace. I found that I had to read this book slowly to get the most from it. It reads much like a lecture and I found that by reading it aloud I gained more understanding of what I was reading. I think this book would make a great audiobook.
At the end of the book is an Appendix with forms to help you implement your own “Unbroken Circle” program. To create the best program possible for your school “you must make the shoe fit”. In other words, use these forms to help you get started but be flexible and modify them to suit the needs of your school.
“Unbroken Circles for Schools: Restoring Schools one Conflict at a Time” will help you create an a safe environment for our children that will not only help them learn how to resolve conflicts both in and out of school and become their best selves.
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*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “Unbroken Circles for Schools: Restoring Schools one Conflict at a Time” in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.