Friday, February 20, 2015

Introduction to the Restorative Process

Ms Alice O'Connor recently gave a talk to our group on "Restorative Practices" (RP). The aim of RP is "to develop community and to manage conflict and tensions by repairing harm and building relationships."

Alice spoke to us about how RP is a way of being and the intention is for us to use it as a guide for the way we act in all our dealings within our families, schools and communities.

The practice involves the building of relationships within groups, addressing challenging behaviour and using tools to pro-actively build relationships as well as manage conflict. Alice shared one tool that teachers can use straight away which was to use the acronym to FRESH to foster a RP approach to our classroom:
Fair
Respect
Engaging
Safe
Honest.

For more information regarding Restorative Practices talk to Ms Alice O'Connor.