Giving Students Their Learning Back Through Restorative Practices with Dr. Dominique Smith, S12 Episode 8

Giving Students Their Learning Back Through Restorative Practices with Dr. Dominique Smith, S12 Episode 8


Episode Notes

How do we turn behavior into a teachable moment? That’s a primary question that Dominique Smith, Doug Fisher, and Nancy Frey address in The Restorative Practices Playbook. In this episode of 3Ps in a Pod, Dr. Dominique Smith joins hosts Paula and Kathy to talk about restorative practices and how he went from being a naysayer to an advocate for this work.

Dr. Dominique Smith shares about how his own experiences as a student and as a teacher influenced his journey with restorative practice and why this approach to behavior is so important at all levels.

He explains how the teacher’s relationship with a student is the most powerful impact on that student’s behavior and learning. Creating that relationship is difficult but important. He also notes that restorative practices work is not about getting rid of discipline or consequences but about teaching about behavior through the consequences.

Smith also uses concerns about students’ cell phone use to illustrate how relationships and restorative practice can change the expectations and climate in a classroom environment.

If you enjoyed this episode, you may also enjoy our past episodes with Dr. Dominique Smith:

You can join the waitlist for the Restorative Practices Playbook two-day event with Dr. Smith at azk12.org/RestorativePracticesPlaybook.

Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.

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