Restorative Circles

Name of School:

W.G. Murdoch

Our school is considered:

multi-level

In five words or less, describe your prototype

Relationship and culture building.

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How might we?:

How might we create structures to shift our mindset to ensure the needs of students and staff are met?

Describe the prototype(s) your school will focus on. Get creative. Be sure to describe the various approaches staff will take, what you will keep your eye on and how staff plan to document their results.

At WGM, we want to build postive school culture and lcimate where students feel safe to speak.  When dealing with students (conflict resolution, bullying etc) at the Admin level, we have began to use Restorative Circles.  Children will talk when they feel safe. Some students who do not feel safe will end up in the office becaue they got into some type of conflict (withing a a peer or staff member).  Some will flee and some will freeze.  They are in the office but due to fear, no information goes to the pre-frontal cortex and there is no conscience thought or learning.  Cultivating a sense of safety is important not only for learnign itself. 
I have learned that students want to have a voice and a chance to tell their story, without judgement, biases and in an atmosphere where they feel safe. Since completing my Restorative Practice workshop, I have began to use circles in dealing with student discipline and when faced with an issue or conflict.
Participants value being heard without a staff member jumping in and doing all the talking, the talking is done mostly by the students or those involved in the circle.  It is focused on the harm that was done and how to restore it.