Restoring Teaching

How practicing restoratively unleashes the teacher within.

Restorative Practices works – but it hasn’t always been implemented as it should be. This book is a roadmap back to teacher, the school leader and the school that you and yours can be.

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More than ever, we need inspired and inspiring teachers and school leaders. Yet their status and morale have never been lower.

Restoring the pride, focus and community perception of our educators is now a national imperative that involves cultivating a positive account of teaching expertise in every Australian school.

The future of a respected teaching workforce lies in a brave, new frontier of work. It starts with applying the principles of Restorative Practices to the contemporary school context – creatively and practically.

It’s about doing teaching as we’ve never done it before.

Restorative teaching that restores our teachers is a noble, worthy and overdue cause. The time is now, and the place is your school.

In this book, you will find the case for change and some inconvenient truths about our avoidance of meaningful transformation within our schools. You’ll also find a roadmap to a teaching future that narrows the gap between your purpose and your practice.

Why on earth did Adam write ‘Restoring Teaching’?

Adam Voigt has been teaching and leading schools in some of Australia’s most challenging locations for more than twenty-five years.

He has a history of transforming student lives and teacher practice by fostering school cultures that are strong, relational and hallmarked by stakeholder trust.

Adam is a fearless advocate for educators, an expert on Restorative Practices implementation, and highly respected as a school and education commentator in the Australian media.

But more than any of this, Adam believes unconditionally in unleashing the potential of every student, parent, teacher and school leader to create a better future through education.

Outrageously clever and important peoples thoughts

Jane-Caro
Jane Caro
Author – “The Stupid Country – How Australia Is Dismantling Public Education”, “What Makes A Good School” and “Accidental Feminists”

A passionate, emotionally intelligent and experienced teacher speaks candidly about the growing gap between what teachers are made to do and what they know would actually help their students learn. This important and highly readable book should be devoured by everyone who cares about the way we are educating our children for an increasingly challenging future.

Kate-Fogarty
Kate Fogarty
Assumption College
Principal

Our students, parents and staff have thoroughly appreciated drawing on Adam’s expertise over the past three years. The value he places on relationships and the power of empathy in responding to challenging behaviours makes sense for our students and for our community. This book presents a readable and engaging explanation of Restorative Practices with practical examples to help teachers create and model a culture where young people can navigate difficult emotions in life-giving ways.

Matt-Church
Matt Church
Founder, Thought Leaders & Author “Rise Up - An Evolution In Leadership”

Adam Voigt sat with me and shared the content of Chapter 13 – and I listened with tears in my eyes. Any loss of life is tragic, a tragedy that’s multiplied by the years not lived. The final chapter goes to the heart of why this book matters, it screams from the rooftops that all kids matter and it’s our job as a society to give kids every chance of success. Every chance of living better, longer, free-er lives than us. Restorative teaching is the future of education. And restoring the historically respected role of teachers is our present challenge.

Meagan-Cook
Meagan Cook
Boronia K-12 College
Principal

When Chapter One is titled This Shit has to Stop, you know you are in for a worthy, practical and authentic read. For the past three years, Adam has brought inspiration, enthusiasm and a sense of urgency to our school as we’ve built a truly restorative culture. No story from the floor ever stopped him in his tracks. In fact, he always finds a way to value, empathise and then provide a nudge in the right direction. The advice and thinking in this book is an illustration of that journey, written in a way that every teacher and school leader can both enjoy and enact.

Michael-Block
Michael Block
Kananook Primary School
Principal

Adam has been instrumental in partnering with Kananook Primary School to develop and sustain a positive school culture. Once in the state’s worst five schools for alerts and ugly incidents, we are now recognised widely for our calm, supportive and inclusive learning environment. Our school’s journey of transformation is mapped in the pages of this book in such a way that others can now follow it. Thank you Adam – on both a personal and professional level – for helping us to be the best we can be.

Tracey-Ezard
Tracey Ezard
Speaker and Educator & Author - “The Buzz” and “Glue”

Adam reminds us in this inspiring, practical book of the immense power of moments. Through stories that speak straight to the heart, Adam weaves a restorative approach that is built on a belief in the inherent good of all students. It reminds us of our ability and responsibilities as educators to choose responses that will have positive ripples beyond the classroom. As a book on how to undertake a restorative approach in schools it is a masterful explanation of a framework that has been proven to work in many schools throughout Australia. Lastly, but by no means least, Adam reminds of the importance of teaching and teachers in the landscape of a caring and humane society.

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Laureen Walton
Sandringham East Primary School
Principal

Real Schools has worked with Sandringham East Primary School teachers, leaders and students for 4 years. Their wise counsel and respectful interactions is valued and appreciated by our staff. We love and value Real Schools’ real life experiences which make an impact on understandings. Our school culture based on restorative practice just makes sense and has had a positive impact on our school ethos.

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