Nearly every principal interviewing potential teachers will 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.
Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD) is our Catholic response to harmful and bullying behaviors. It combines virtue and restorative practices. What a great gift we have to share our faith with students! Just imagine how much more meaningful Jean’s great message could have been if it shared the good news of Jesus!
Knowing the best strategies for addressing classroom disruptions and other antisocial behaviors can be our best expression of Catholic identity 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 virtue, pray, and build restorative practices onto that foundation. This is a winning response for any teacher!