Apologizing is a good topic for discussion early in the school year.

It can be a good segue into discussions about

empathy, point of view, forgiveness, or learning from mistakes depending on where your students take it.

Sorry”, by Trudy Ludwig, is an excellent book to introduce the discussion.

Discussion points can include:


    • Real vs Fake Apologies
    • Is there more to an apology than the word “sorry”?
    • What are some criteria that an apology should have in order to be authentic?
    • Do people have to forgive someone right away when an apology happens?
Restorative Practice is an approach that follows the “make it right” philosophy rather than the punitive consequencing model. Click on MAKE IT RIGHT to take you to the Restorative Practices page.