What is Restorative Practice?
Restorative practices has the potential to positively influence human behavior and strengthen civil society around the world. Restorative practices builds healthy communities, increases social skills, decreases behavior, and repairs harm and restores relationships.
What are the four questions?
WHO DID IT EFFECT?
WHAT RESPONSIBILITY CAN YOU TAKE?
WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
**Students will attend a conference separately, with each question being presented. Students will then participate in a circle together where the facilitator presents each question again to students. Students are required to listen intently to one another and there is no cross talk. When conferences and circles are facilitated correctly they have a 98% success rate and behavior generally does not repeat itself.
Classroom Circle Structure:
Agenda/Structure for RJ Morning Meeting
Overview: We will be meeting in a circle today to work together as a community to find a common agreement so we are all able to be safe, have healthy relationships, and be open to learning.
Guidelines of Circle: Speak from the heart, be honest
Listen from the heart, don’t judge
Be spontaneous, don’t say what you think we want to hear
Be respectful of others when they are speaking, wait your turn
Help create a solution/agreement
Opening: If you could have the perfect classroom what would that look like? Think about how kids would act, what you would learn, what the environment would look like, etc.
Introduction: We are meeting today because we have had some unsafe behaviors in the classroom. Teacher will give specific examples of what this looks like. We are here to support you and make sure that you all have a safe environment to learn in. We care about you and your future and want to help you to get along and make good decisions.
Restorative Circle Questions: What sort of things happen in the classroom that disrupt your learning?
What responsibility can you take for classroom behavior?
Who is affected by these disruptions and behavior, and how are they impacted? What has been the hardest thing for you personally?
What do you think needs to be done to make things right as soon as possible? What are some solutions?
The Agreement: Review possible solutions and as a class, using thumbs up, thumbs down come to a common agreement about what solutions will immediately be practiced to change behavior and improve relationships and the environment for learning.
Closing: Share one word that describes your experience in our circle today, or what you wish for, or what you are hopeful for as it relates to our conversation.