Restorative Practices at Schoolcraft Community Schools
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.”