Restoring Community

During the first preparation phase of Restorative Practices for Educators, before we start our first live Zoom session, there are several key concepts below for your review. Think of this as a flipped-classroom model where you will spend about 2 hours learning new information before we meet in our live sessions to process that information and engage in activities together. 

Please watch the videos below, read the excerpts provided from The Restorative Practices Handbook, and use the questions to guide your learning. These questions are included simply to help you know where to focus your attention. Answers will not be collected.

Overview of Restorative Practices in Schools

Watch Introduction to RP, San Francisco United SD (15:27)

As you are watching, consider the following questions:

  • Who are the adults involved in this process?
  • How are students and adults interacting with one another?
  • Is there a common language that is being used?
  • What is your overall reaction to the video?

Social Discipline Window

Watch Introduction to the Social Discipline Window (14:53) and read this excerpt from The Restorative Practices Handbook.

As you are watching and reading, consider the following questions:

  • In which box of the social discipline window do you spend most of your time?
  • How can you exercise your influence or authority in the with box?
  • Which window allows for the best learning experience? Why?
  • Think of a person in your life who is restorative. What is your relationship with that person like?


Fair Process

Watch Introduction to Fair Process (6:57) and read this excerpt from The Restorative Practices Handbook.

As you are watching and reading, consider the following:

  • Think of a time you felt you were treated unfairly by a person in a position of authority. What pieces of Fair Process were missing? Did it impact your relationship or performance?
  • When you make decisions, do you engage, giving explanations or clear expectations? If not, how would your process look different if you considered Fair Process?
  • Think of a decision you are considering. How could you incorporate Fair Process into this decision?


Affect and Compass of Shame 

Watch Shame and Affect Theory (14:00) and read this excerpt from The Restorative Practices Handbook.

As you are watching and reading, consider the following questions:

  • Where do you see shame responses in your work (classroom, cafeteria, hallways), and what does it look like?
  • Where do you see shame responses in your life, and what does it look like?
  • How, in this theory, can shame be a motivator for behavior change?
  • What does shame look like during conflict?
  • How do you experience shame?
  • What are ways to respond to shame?


Restorative Practices Continuum 

Watch Introduction to the Restorative Practices Continuum (10:22) and read this excerpt from The Restorative Practices Handbook.

As you are watching and reading, consider the following questions:

  • In your life and work, what are examples of Tomkins' Blueprint, Kelly's definition of intimacy, and Nathanson's definition of community?
  • How can you use the restorative practices continuum proactively in your work?
  • How can you use the restorative practices continuum responsively in your work?


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