What is Restorative Practices?
How do we build and maintain healthy relationships in schools?
The most profound learning occurs when there is a healthy relationship between teacher and student. Restorative Practices assists teachers, students and parents to build, maintain and restore relationships. Restorative Practices will help build capacity to enable students to self regulate behaviour and contributes to the improvement of learning outcomes.
Cranbourne South Primary School prides itself in the relationships developed between students, teachers and families. Using the Restorative Practices approach, students gain more ownership of their behaviour, in relation to the person who caused the harm, the person harmed and the respective consequences and follow up agreed upon.
To find out more about Restorative Practices, including pictures that describe the powerful process in action, visit Transforming Conflict website.
Zones of Regulation
The Zones of Regulation framework provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, manage their sensory needs, and improve their ability to problem solve conflicts.The Zones of Regulation is an approach used to define emotions and feelings and teach self-regulation by categorising all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete coloured zones. Strategies for moving out of or into each zone are also worked on. This program is being introduced in all classes at Cranbourne South Primary School.
The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, explosive behaviour, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone.
The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions, however one has more control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.
The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone. This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.
The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.
This program was designed by Leah Kuypers, M. A. ED., OTR/L an occupational therapist and autism resource specialist. More information is available on the website https://www.zonesofregulation.com