• Restorative practices & Zones of Regulation


    • Restorative Practices
      • Focus on the Whole Child
        • Who are we as people in this community?
        • What zone am I in? What support do I need from my community to help me in my zone?
        • How do I contribute to this community?
      • Collective Responsibility
        • Classroom and in the whole school
        • How do I support myself and others in my community?
        • How are we being a responsible group member?
        • How are we practicing positive community norms?
      • Commitment to Collaboration
        • How do we include everyone in our community?
        • How are we building positive relationships?
        • How do we repair harm when it is caused?
      • Review all Community Commitments
      • Whole class can earn Eagle Eyes for modeling community commitments.
        • Students may not be excluded unless they are in the office at the time of the event for disciplinary action.
        • Classroom community establishes goals to “earn” a reward as a collective. All students are involved and activity is focused around community building in the classroom.
      • Individual students can be praised for modeling community commitments and will be celebrated with the weekly Eagle Eye drawing.
        • Recognizing students for community contributions
        • Taken away once earned
        • Given for compliance
        • Eagle Eyes should be used for; 
        • Eagle Eyes should not be;
      • Orrington Core Values and Community Commitments  
      • Whole Class Restorative Practices (this is about building community, NOT compliance)
      • Individual RP reinforcement


    The Zones is a systematic, cognitive behavioral approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete colored zones.  The Zones 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.  

    By addressing underlying deficits in emotional and sensory regulation, executive functioning, and social cognition, the framework is designed to help move students toward independent regulation.  The Zones of Regulation incorporates Social Thinking® (www.socialthinking.com) concepts and numerous visuals to teach students to identify their feelings/level of alertness, understand how their behavior impacts those around them, and learn what tools they can use to manage their feelings and states.  ​