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62 | Restorative Practices & Responsive Classrooms | with Allison McMannis

Today we’re going to talk about Restorative Practices and Responsive Classroom, a relatively new but incredibly powerful approach to formal educational spaces that utilizes a variety of social and emotional learning techniques.

To learn more about what these practices are and what they look like in a classroom (even a virtual classroom), we sit down with Allison McMannis, a third-grade teacher at Herbert Mills STEAM Elementary School in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Allison’s passion is creating a safe, supportive, culturally responsive learning environment, and she’s responsible for spread-heading many of these initiatives at Herbert Mills.

And if that school sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because we’ve done a couple of episodes featuring teachers from Herbert Mills because, quite frankly, they’re rock stars; they grab onto every sort of immersive teaching strategy you can think of and use them to create a really, really amazing elementary school culture.

We unbox:

  1. What are restorative practices?

  2. How SEL (social and emotional learning) initiatives tie into the UN’s sustainability goals

  3. Why the school shifted away from punitive systems towards restorative practices

  4. What is a responsive classroom and what does training for it look like?

  5. How are students responding to digital classrooms in the era of COVID-19?

  6. How can students and teachers use these practices to support children while sheltering in place?


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