Forgiveness In School

vs. bitterness

Releasing feelings of resentment

To practice Forgiveness I will:

  • be quick to forgive
  • apologize and ask for forgiveness
  • let go of hurts
  • not seek revenge
  • respond kindly to those who hurt me

“Forgiveness in the Classroom”

Building a community in your classroom is the best thing you can do for creating a safe learning environment for the students. Creating a culture of trust between student and teacher as well as student to student takes time and intentional effort. It is why there is a team building exercise every month.

Sometimes that trust is broken and that’s where forgiveness comes in. When students feel like they belong to the group and that they matter to the group, they will be more likely to forgive each other minor transgressions. Discussions about how and why you would ask for forgiveness and how to offer an apology may not be something they have done before. Accepting an apology is also an important part of this skill set.

It’s also important that students understand that part of an apology is a pledge to change behavior. Sometimes apologetic words are not believed, and one must apologize with future actions. Only after trust is regained can the apology be accepted.

This month, the focus is on asking for and granting forgiveness.

-Jill Tomey

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