Showing posts from October, 2015
October's Big Fishes
Monday Mélange

JoAnna is an attorney and a federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice. She visited River Class for our first Monday Mélange and spoke with the River Class students about her general job responsibilities and how the concepts of justice and the rule of law integrate into their daily lives. JoAnna asked the students how they would go about "investigating" an event and finding the truth. They had remarkable questions and observations! JoAnna asked them about how teachers or parents, as "judges," should go about making choices when there is a conflict between siblings or peers.  
JoAnna also asked the students about the different purposes of punishment (in their case, minutes off of recess time) and they discussed how one purpose of punishment is to help people make better choices in the future. Another purpose of punishment is to help people in the larger community feel confident that a fair and just result has been achieved…