Every Monday after school all teachers in the NYC Department of Education attend regular meetings for professional development. Our meeting today had to do with our school culture and how to make sure we have school-wide plans in place and train teachers to use them. We emphasize the idea of Restorative Practices amongst staff and students so that we are not caught in the unfortunate cycle that is often caused by more punitive approaches. I find that restorative practices allows me to understand and empathize more with my students and does the same for them with me. Then we can all work harder together to focus on the knowledge that they are supposed to gain going through high school: knowledge of content and knowledge of self. I am proud to use restorative practices in my daily life.
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I am a math teacher in the New York Department of Education. I infuse technology and real-world problems into my curriculum in order to prepare my students for the future. I would love for people across the country to recognize we teachers can't do it alone. If you don't believe me, come visit my classroom!