The Benefits of Restorative Justice at Your School
Restorative justice can help you to have a better relationship with your student, as well as your students.
Restorative justice may sound nice, but it’s not what you think. Many people who hear the term, assume that this is about stopping students from getting suspended, which is not what it’s about. Restorative justice is a way of thinking, not a set of rules.
You need to be able to frame the reason for your decision and understand how decisions will affect your students. With this in mind, does what you decide to do actually work? The majority of school districts in the United States have had some success.
How does this work?
A reputation for misbehavior is the main cause of your school receiving suspension. This can be to such an extent that your reputation has such a negative reputation that everyone is afraid to come to school with you. Many students and teachers feel uncomfortable because they won’t be able to integrate their learning with their way of life.
The point of restorative justice is to tackle the problem to make your students feel more comfortable in your school. You want them to feel like they are able to lead a normal, successful life.
Why is restorative justice important?
Restorative justice can help you to have a better relationship with your student, as well as your students. It will help you to set the expectations you want your students to achieve at school, but also make sure that you keep your students accountable for their actions. This helps to raise the standards for your students because you can’t be sure that everyone is following the rules.
Each student is allowed the opportunity to observe how your methods work. They know that your decisions come from a place of caring and being understanding of what is needed.
You can also do this through outreach events to reach out to students and let them know how school can be a safe place for them. Make sure you teach students the good examples and the important standards to follow. Restorative justice gives your students the opportunity to be something more than just lazy kids and an uncaring school administration.
From a teacher’s perspective, restorative justice can help you to have more rapport with your students. It also allows for more cooperation as your students have an opportunity to be appreciated as a whole person, not just a disruptive group.
What are the benefits?
If you have implemented restorative justice at your school, you are helping to change many things. As you find out more about your students, they will act differently and the rule violations won’t carry quite the same weight. The most common misbehavior now is unkind remarks and disrespect, which is something your students have learned from other students. They do not want to be treated this way.
Restorative justice is also more fair because you see the behavior firsthand. You know that a student has been done wrong, but you can’t pull a magic wand to make someone behave better. You can, however, place them in a situation where they can behave better, or you can help them to learn how to control their emotions. You can take away their recesses, eliminate breaks during the day, give them new snacks, or limit their televisions time.