In the late 1990’s I was fortunate to attend a two day session with Dianne Gossen on Restitution. As a grade six teacher at the time I found this one of the most insightful, practical and useful professional development sessions I ever attended. Although I had taught for many years Dianne helped me understand why children ( and all of us for that matter) make the mistakes we do and that it is how we go about correcting those mistakes that is the true learning. As a school principal I encouraged my staff to work with Dianne and to get a deeper understanding of Restitution. I believe that our staff learning together with Dianne over a period of years made the teachers more compassionate and understanding of children’s behaviours. The climate of the school became more positive and even the teachers relationships with the parent community improved because we all learned to believe in kids, realizing that some of the most profound learning comes from mistakes that we make. Teachers were no longer “ punishers” but partners in helping children learn. Restitution is one of the greatest professional learning opportunities a teacher or school administrator could attend.
In the late 1990’s I was fortunate to attend a two day session with Dianne Gossen on Restitution. As a grade six teacher at the time I found this one of the most insightful, practical and useful professional development sessions I ever attended. Although I had taught for many years Dianne helped me understand why… Read more “Gordon Campbell”
“When my son started at your school he had already had a challenging journey. You took him under your wings. You created a safe place for him and had a way with words to calm him. You sincerely cared for your students and families. You have left permanent marks on so many… Read more “An Indigenous grandmother’s description of a Winnipeg restitution school”
Using restitution within schools is a wonderful way to deal with students who behave in a bad manner. When I was the Vice-Principal at St. John’s High School I quickly understood that we had many behavior issues we had to deal with. I went to a restitution workshop which made me realize that restitution was… Read more “Christine Penner”
I learned some different strategies to implement when applying the restitution model. I liked the organization. It was easy to follow. I have already used the language from this course in conversations over the past two weeks with professionals in different divisions. I will also be sharing the information with my staff, as I am… Read more “Nicole Genereaux, Green Acre Elementary School, Rapid View, SK”
This course has really helped me to solidify my current practice but has encouraged me to ask more pointed and direct questions towards the goal of student acceptance and responsibility. I loved the LMS model – my need for freedom was met in that I could work at my own… Read more “Susan Simcoe, Niverville, MB”
I enjoyed how the modules were easy to follow and laid out. I also appreciated our Zoom sessions as they were not too long but they did allow us a chance to ask questions and role play different scenarios that could occur. I see myself using what I have learned here first within my classroom… Read more “Danielle Ramen, Lochdale Community School, Coquitlam, BC”
I learned that we are motivated by various needs (and that our behaviour is directly connected to this). I have learnt how to “listen” to student behaviour and respond in ways that demonstrates care for students and their needs. I really enjoyed the instructor’s approach and openness to share her experiences/learning with us. She really… Read more “Comments from a Virtual Course Participant”