Once you feel your circle has developed a significant amount of trust and comfort. It is time to introduce the restorative piece. The circle becomes a place for students to deal with problems and behaviours that are impacting the community.

This is NOT a circle of shame! It is important that the students realize that the circle is there to help restore the problem and change the behaviour.

Here is the reflection sheet that we use for the person who has caused the harm to the community: Reflection Sheet

Here are the questions we use in the circle to help stimulate conversations:

Restorative Questions

When Confronting Behaviour...

  • 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?

When Someone has been Harmed...

  • What did you think when you realized what had happened?
  • What impact has this incident had on you and others?
  • What has been the hardest thing for you?
  • What do you think needs to happen to make things right?