Working Restoratively in Schools:
Level 2: Small Group and Classroom Applications of RP’s
Full day Workshop -
pre-requisite training: Level 1
To book this workshop please contact Bill Hansberry
Picking up where the awareness level workshop left off, the level 2 day picks up where the level 1 workshop finished and sees us moving up the continuum of restorative practice to look at proactive conferencing (using restorative questions to help students agree on expected behaviours before things go wrong). Bill models this process in a circle and participants then group off to create their own proactive conference scripts for use back at school.
Next, staff reflect on their experiences with using restorative pedagogy with students (since the level 1 workshop) and create ‘burning questions’ to bring to the circle for conversation. This important exercise encourages honest straight-talk about the aspects of restorative work that is worrying staff. If ignored, these questions act as roadblocks to the change process.
The Social Control Window is revised and staff play a fun team game that embeds notions of ‘NOT’ doing things, or doing things ‘TO’, ‘FOR’ or ‘WITH’, students in disciplinary scenarios.
In the afternoon we look at small group conferencing using both ‘sides’ of the restorative script to encourage reflection, understanding, responsibility taking and restoration in the wake of harm and wrongdoing.
Small group conferencing is modelled by Bill (as many times as needed) in a fishbowl format and staff are then invited to head off in groups and play with a range of realistic scenarios to develop their small group conferencing skills.
At the end of this day staff report a deeper understanding of the range of ways Restorative Pedagogy can weave through their work with students.
Following this workshop, Bill will (upon request) work with the Implementation Team to plan the next 6-12 months of implementation.
The suggested next step is the Working Restoratively in Schools Mid-Implementation Day: (Keeping the ball rolling toward whole-school Implementation).
Bill will also make recommendations about Restorative Conference Facilitator Training for a selected group of staff who will share the responsibility of planning, facilitating and modeling conferencing for staff.
Circle Time training for all staff will be recommended by Bill at this stage.
“An engaging presentation, hands on and direct. Bill was excellent as a facilitator.”
Head of House - Mount Carmel College SA.