Nearly every principal interviewing potential teachers can ask the question, “When you are teaching, and you are disrupted by a student, what do you do?” Teacher Jean Klasovsky from Farragut High School states that restorative practices can make a difference. She shares some concrete examples in her TEDx Talk linked here:
Our unique model combines the timeworn practice of virtue and restorative practices. Jean’s great message provides hope to so many teachers, students and parents struggling with discipline.
Knowing the best strategies for addressing classroom disruptions and other antisocial behaviors can be the key to holding relationships as the highest priority and also a key component to academic success. So back to answering to the question, “What do you do when a student disrupts your classroom?” It becomes an invitation to reflect on personal growth and build restorative practices onto that foundation. This is a winning response for any teacher!