Tips & Ideas
Guidance and inspiration to help you build skills and community in your classroom and school
The first few days of school are the perfect time to begin taking a restorative approach to discipline in your classroom. Step 1: Be in community with your students.
Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell is approaching discipline reform with a three-part plan focused on restorative practices, meditation and mentorship.
This video shows a high school that provides Safe Spaces for students to remove themselves from challenging situations, de-escalate their feelings, make different choices about how to move forward and transition back to class.
This video showcases a school that is implementing Restorative Discipline to address student behavior and resolve conflicts collaboratively, using restorative circles in a collaborative space they call “the zone.”
This video shows the power of a student-facilitated restorative circle to build community through storytelling. The circle is implemented with fidelity, according to the key restorative circle components found at our Introduction to Circles.
A restorative conversation can turn a student’s problematic behavior into a teachable moment.
In this video students talk about restorative circles in the academic classroom and the impact circles have had on them and their school community.
This video shows the power of restorative circles to build community and address harm. Circles are discussed and implemented with fidelity, according to the key restorative circle components found at our Introduction to Circles.
Morningside Center's Daniel Coles shares the poem "Shoulders" by Naomi Shihab Nye, and suggests ways to use the poem in your classroom.
In communicating with students, focus on the behavior you want to see and encourage, not the off-task or disruptive behavior you want to stop.