Restorative Practices at Schoolcraft Community Schools

Copy of Introduction to Restorative Practices in Schoolcraft High School

Restorative Mindset

A restorative mindset describes how a person understands community and one's role in the community. The values and concepts that underlie a restorative mindset include:

  • Relationships and trust are at the center of community
  • All members of the community are responsible to and for each other
  • Multiple perspectives are welcomed and all voices are equally important
  • Healing is a process essential to restoring community
  • Harm-doers should be held accountable for and take an active role in repairing harm
  • Conflict is resolved through honest dialogue and collaborative problem-solving that addresses the root cause and the needs of those involved.

Basic Restorative Questions

  • What happened?
  • What were you thinking at the time?
  • What have you thought about since?
  • Who was affected and how?
  • What needs to happen to make things right?

Using Affective Statements in the Classroom

Affective Statements ...

  • Are “I” statements that express a feeling.
  • Make students aware of either the positive or negative impact of their behavior.
  • Provide a precise description of a student’s behaviors and the specific impact of those behaviors.
  • Do NOT protect students from the consequences of their behavior.
  • Are delivered in a personalized manner directly to the student who impacted others.
  • Focus on behavior, not on the intrinsic worth of the person (separates the deed from the doer).
  • Are respectful in tone.
  • Encourage students to express feelings.


Common response: “Laura, put your chair down now.”

Affective Statement: “Laura, I feel concerned when you tip your chair back because I need my classroom to be a safe place.”