I wanted to share this story with you.
I have a student who has had significant anger issues for several years. He and I have been working hard on trying to resolve the issues and develop some skills and strategies to handle the feelings and emotions when they arise. We have had great success. During a recent peace circle, while we were sharing appreciations, he said, "Ms. Thomsen, (then tears came streaming down his face) I want to thank you for helping me to control my anger. No one else has ever taken the time to do that for me. It makes me feel cared for and believed in."
He then went on to say that he learned it is OK to say the things he did in peace circle, because he knows the circle is safe and no one will tease or make fun of him. He is a different kid!
Thank you for this amazing gift. We are making a difference!