Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices

The goal of Restorative Practice is to manage conflict and tension by repairing harm
and strengthening relationships as a way of building community. Restorative Practices
focuses on repairing the harm done to people and relationships rather than simply
punishing the person who caused the harm. The basic hypothesis is that human beings
are happier, more co-operative and productive when those in positions of authority do things with them rather than to them or for them. At Sage Canyon, we expect that any time a relationship has been harmed, it will be restored. This technique is very powerful in classrooms as a way to build a strong classroom community. Research has shown that teachers who build a strong, positive classroom community spend less time dealing with behavior issues.

Class Poster

Questions to ask the person who harmed the relationship.

Questions to ask the person who has been harmed.

Restorative Circles

Many teachers begin and end their day with a Restorative Circle to keep open communication in their classrooms and continue to build a positive community. The use of a "talking piece" helps to be sure that everyone's voice is heard. This can be a bean bag, stuffed animal, ball, etc. but only the person with the talking piece can speak. Here is an example of a morning meeting using Restorative Practices: Morning Meeting Video

"Check In" (At the beginning of the day, you might begin your circle by doing a go-around in which each student responds to a question or a statement like these.)

*How are you feeling today?

*What is one of your academic goals for today?

*Make a commitment about your behavior in school today.

*Review something you accomplished last week.

"Check Out" (At the end of the day, you might want to meet again using questions or statements like these.)

*How was your day today?

*Say one thing you liked about class today.

*What is one thing you learned today?

*What are you looking forward to for school tomorrow?

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