Incorporate restorative practices in the middle school classroom

Updated: Oct 24, 2021

Restorative practices will help your students

When we think of restorative practices, we imagine a classroom filled with students sitting in a circle, perhaps sharing stories about the ways they made mistakes and what they learned from them. In reality, there are a wide variety of ways to implement these practices in your middle school classroom.

Restorative practices have shown to improve classroom management. Instead of punishing students, restorative practices encourage teachers to work with students to resolve conflicts. This goes beyond what others often think of as teaching — it involves listening to students and responding to their needs to improve classroom management and student learning.

When you add these practices to the learning environment, you maximize your opportunity to impact student learning positively and you play a part in making school a more enjoyable and successful experience.