Connections Quarterly Winter 2019 - Restorative Practices - Page 37

S TA R TI N G W I TH A PAU S E dents became disruptive, earned his first “B” in English, and eventually let me know that I was the best teacher he had ever had. In June he revealed this, “I left my last school because I threw a desk. I did not know how to deal with my anger. Thank you for help- ing me with that and thank you for being fair and caring so much.” Today, as a consultant, I reflect back on that relationship often. What did I do right? How did this student come to feel like I cared so much when I didn’t feel like I went out of my way for my students like some teachers did? My conclusion: the mindfulness and re- storative practices I used in my classroom.l Annie O’Shaughnessy is an educator and primary consultant for True Nature Teaching, serving schools and teams looking to operate in a more holistically restorative way. Through implemen- tation consultation, higher ed instruction, educator training, writing, and keynote speaking, Annie supports schools in developing vital and inclusive learning communities where students and educators grow and thrive. An avid hiker and obsessively curious human being, Annie can be reached at Want more? Join us for an online course with Annie O’Shaughnessy A Restorative Approach to Discipline Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6 & Feb. 13, 2020 6:30 - 8pm Eastern / 3:30 - 5pm Pacific Schools across the country and world have implemented restorative practices (RP) as an alternative to punitive and exclusionary discipline policies and as a way to improve cul- ture and climate. In this interactive, online professional development series, educators will receive an overview of RP—what it is, why it works, and what practices and processes are involved. The sessions themselves will be facilitated using the restorative Circle model. CSEE Connections Winter 2019 Page 35