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Help with restorative practices for behaviour

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By Te Whainoa Comments (3)

Kia Ora whanau. I am writing on behalf of our whanau. This year our school has implemented restorative practices for our kids who break our rules, but it hasn't properly been explained to us and we don't know what it is. Can anybody give ideas on what it actually is, how it works and how it can fit in Te Ao Maori? Kia Ora Koutou


  • GrantBaxter

    Margaret Thorsburn (i hope thats her name) seems to be the guru on restorative practices. We have been a restorative school for about 2 years and I can see the benefits of it, only if it is implemented properly. The main idea is for the wrong doer and the victim to discuss what has happenned and for the wrong-doer to become aware of what he/she has done is not right and how this has affected the victim. The facilitator is the key though, if you haven't got a trained facilitator then it seems to be just running through a bunch of questions for the sake of doing so. There are alot of different others aspects involved but if you want to look further into it I suggest you try and find out when Margaret runs her workshops, I do no that she does not run them very often though, perhaps one a year. Hope this has helped, any questions I will be more then happy to help.

  • Deanne Thomas

    Kia ora Te Whainoa

    Be it restorative practice or behaviour management or whatever we call it....theres also huge value for teachers in understanding how to have "the hard conversation" with students.  The guts of these conversations is in the teachers ability to be an active listener, to come inot the conversation with an open mind, no hidden agenda or pre-planned solution to the problem.  Implementing the concepts of wānanga, everyone has a voice which is heard with  aroha, teachers truly practising manaaki rather than just espousing it.  I think the underlying success to restorative practice (or whatever the term you use) is in the relationships that are established with students, and the effort that we make to nuture these relationships. He aha te mea o e ao?   Kia kaha rā koutou.

  • Deanne Thomas

    Te Whainoa tēnā anō koe.  Anei anō he rangahau e pā ana ki te mahi Restorative Justice.  Tērā pea he paku āwhina mā koutou.  http://www.pukekoresearch.com/images/stories/files/draft_final_report.pdf

    Ngā mihi