Restorative Practices are an approach that helps students and staff to strengthen relationships, build community, and prevent conflict. At the heart of this practice is community circles.
Restorative Practices is a philosophy, not a curriculum focusing on building positive relationships and providing opportunities for community members to take responsibility and repair harm for their behavior while remaining connected to the community. An intentional Restorative approach fosters a compassionate, relationship-centered culture.
Restorative Example Questions:
To help those harmed by others’ actions:
- What did you think when you realized what had happened?
- What impact has this incident had on you and others?
- What has been the hardest thing for you?
- What do you think needs to happen to make things right?
To respond to challenging behavior:
- What happened?
- Who has been affected by what you have done? In what way?
- What were you thinking at the time?
- What have you thought of since?