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Restorative Discipline Lessons





Expected Behaviors


Reading: Cell Phone Expectations

Math: Hallway

Science: Cafeteria

Social Studies: Bus

Electives: Elective based

P.E. Bathroom/Locker room

Advisory: Bullying

Expected Behaviors Part 2


Reading: Computer Lab/Library

Math: Classroom

Science: Choice Day/Outside Day/Recess

Social Studies: Assembly/Performance

Electives: Elective based

P.E. After School Event

Advisory: Cyberbullying

Social Contracts


Reading: Social Contracts

Math: Social Contracts

Science: Social Contracts

Social Studies: Social Contracts

Electives: Social Contracts

P.E. Social Contracts

Advisory: Social Contracts


Be compassionate

Tell Me Something Good

Kindness Cards:

Ask them to think of something kind someone has done for them this week and write the act of kindness on their piece of notebook paper. Allow students to share what they have written. Encourage students to continue to write tell me something good cards throughout the school year.

Turn in cards to counselor’s office. These will be read on the announcements.




Be empathetic

What’s the Meaning of Empathy?

Make lists of-

Things That We Care For

A Time You Put Someone Else’s Needs Before Yours

A Time Someone Did Something Kind to Help You

Places People can Volunteer in the Community




Express gratitude




Forgive others




Be kind

Wrinkle On My Heart:

Make one large red heart for your classroom. Engage students in a discussion on the power of their words. Point out attributes of the heart. Then, crumble the heart into a ball. Point out attributes of the heart. Flatten out the heart. Point out the attributes of the wrinkled heart. Explain to students that someone can try to say or do things to fix/repair the broken heart, but the scars are still there. Write on the red heart, “No one has the right to put a wrinkle on someone else’s heart.” Have every student sign the heart. Hang the heart in the room for display throughout the year.




Resolution of Respect:

Students will watch the video and sign the Resolution of Respect.







Work together:

In teams, encourage students to create a new club for Leaman Junior High. What will it be called, when are the meetings, what will the club do, etc.



Bullying- say something:




Stay informed




Protect the environment




Be a good neighbor

Matthew Merit:

Think about what determines a good citizen. Have students look through magazines and find words that are character traits of a good citizen. In circle, have students share the attributes of someone who would not be a good citizen and why.



Play by the rules

You Cannot Go Fish:

Pass out decks of cards and tell the students you are going to play a game of Go Fish. You may need to explain how to play the game. Let the students play the game for five minutes following the traditional Go Fish rules. Stop the game, and have each group up their deck and shuffle the cards for a new round. Post the new rules: If you are wearing pants, you cannot play. If you are wearing red, you can only ask for face cards. If you are a girl, you can only ask for even numbers. Let the students begin playing the game according to the new rules for eight minutes. Discuss their feelings and emotions from the new card game rules. Share with students that making up our own rules or excluding others never feels good.




Acceptance of Others

Take a stand against bullying

In connection with Rachel’s Challenge and No Place for Hate, we are hosting a t-shirt contest. Students will design a t-shirt that promotes acceptance of others or taking a stand against bullying. The t-shirt winner will receive a $50.00 gift card, and their design will be printed on the 2017-18 Leaman Tolerance T-shirt. Turn in t-shirt designs to counseling office by Friday, November 17th.



Listen to others

Everyone is Needed:




Don’t blame others carelessly

Paper Buzz Feed:

Place the trash can at the front of the room. Give each student a piece of paper and ask them to wad it up in a paper ball. State to the students that all they have to do is throw the wadded-up paper into the bin while sitting in their seat. Students will begin to pipe up that this is not fair if you are sitting in the back of the room. Brainstorm with the students how we can help everyone feel success and meet the goal of their paper ball landing in the trash can.



Be open minded

The Shoe Fits:

There is a quote: “Equality is giving everyone a shoe. Equity is giving everyone a shoe that fits.” Is fairness about giving people what they need, when they need it?





No Thank You:

When is it okay not to share with someone else? For example, you may not share your answers or your food. What are some ways to politely tell someone, “No!”



Don’t threaten, hit, or hurt anyone

Watch your words:

Circle Up: If you could kill a word, what word would you kill?





Be considerate of the feelings of others

Don’t Be A Bystander:

Define a bystander as a person who stands by to watch another individual being bullied. Provide the scenario: You see someone being made fun of in the hallway. What can you do? Allow each student in circle to share how he or she would handle the situation.










Use good manners, not bad language

Message in a Bottle:

Share the following quote: Watch your thoughts, they become words.

Watch your words, they become actions.

Watch your actions, they become habits.

Watch your habits, they become character.

What your character, it becomes your destiny.

-Frank Outlaw

Brainstorm a list of good habits. In circle, invite the students to share strategies they use to stay out of trouble or avoid using bad language.



Follow the Golden Rule

Have each student draw four circles: one small, one medium, one large, and one extra-large. Encourage them to write what makes them a little angry (small), kind of angry (medium), angry (large), very angry (extra-large). In the circle, encourage them to share ways they deal with their anger when they are in the large or extra-large circle of anger. Share some things other students have tried: see the counselor, write in a journal, take a break, avoid that situation, etc.



Tolerate differences




Keep on trying

Reframe Your Thinking:

Show students the lists of negative thinking and positive reframes. Allow each student to write a negative statement they say to themselves or others and positively reframe that statement. In the circle, allow each student to share his or her positive reframe statement.





Conflict Resolution




Think before you act




Use self-control




Be accountable for your choices




Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal

Who Are You?

Put a tag on the each student’s back that is a name of someone famous (ex. Santa Claus, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Beiber, etc.) Students can only ask Yes or No questions to determine who they are. Once everyone finds out who they are, share their strategies. Did anyone have to cheat? Is it ever okay to cheat?





Keep your promises

Be Yourself:




Be reliable

Rumors grow before they explode:

Using a balloon, inflate it to show how quickly rumors grow before they eventually explode. Explain that you want to be a person people can count on. If others seeing you spreading lies and gossiping, they lose trust in you.




Have the courage to do the right thing

Internet safety:

Discuss the do’s and don’ts with the Internet: never share your user name/password, never promise to meet a stranger somewhere that you meet on the Internet, etc.



Build a good reputation


Caring:  Red (of a heart)

Trustworthiness- Blue (true blue)

Respect- Yellow (the Golden Rule)

Responsibility-Green (like an oak)

Fairness-Orange (dividing an orange to share)

Citizenship-Purple (regal)