Lesson plan for drivers, Restorative Justice and texting while driving.

A quick teaching tool that has two lessons, the importance of not texting while driving, and the philosophies of Restorative Justice.

I showed this video to a group of students, and below the video is a discussion outline you can use.  A 30 minute lesson plan to prevent traffic deaths and share Restorative Justice philosophy.

The video:


After watching the video, ask for a show of hands, “How many of  you felt the power in the story?”.

Explain how storytelling works in Restorative Justice, how face to face interactions, how learning about the beginning, the middle and the end of an incident is what Restorative Justice focuses on.  Point out the criminal justice system focuses on the incident, and the sanction of the incident.

Survey the youth to brainstorm and list of all the people impacted.  Then ask about the different harm that happened.  Explain how Restorative Justice focuses on the harms, the needs, the obligations created.

Ask about what happened to make it right, (make sure you watch the ending, that shows the outcomes).  Share how taking a tragic incident and using it for prevention creates a circle, helps people heal.

Ask students if the video had them re-evaluate their own texting behavior.  Focus on the CHOICE they have to text, and how they have NO CHOICE over the conseqences that might happen.  Are they ready to live with the potential consequences.  Their brains might not get this part, pre-frontal cortex still needs developed.  However, the emotion in the story, will touch their reptile brain, and the emotion will help them remember.

Teach the core philosophy and if you have a group of drivers, try using this as an example.  I plan to do this with my next college class.