Restorative Schools Toolkit

Restorative Conversations & Language

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Restorative conversations are typically quick and easy conversations when harm is caused that doesn’t require a formal intervention. Restorative language helps shift the focus away from blame and shame to root cause and repair.

Restorative Conversations

One of the most powerful ways that teachers can build relationships with students is by having restorative conversations. Restorative conversations allow the teacher to demonstrate empathy, teach children how to resolve conflict, and most importantly, allow students to have voice. It’s an opportunity for both the teacher and student to express their feelings about what’s going on in the classroom, while setting high expectations. When we do so, we actually humanize ourselves in the eyes of students. They begin to see us beyond the “teacher standing in front of them”.