Restorative Circles are a framework for building community and for responding to challenging behavior through authentic dialogue, engaging activities, coming to understanding, and making things right.
Using circles consistently will help to create calmer, more focused classrooms.
Teachers who use these methods often find that the overall proportion of time dedicated to managing behavior is reduced. This means more instructional time becomes available. It also means that students (and teachers) have happier, more peaceful experiences of their school days.
Emotional Management- abilities to be aware of and constructively handle both positive and challenging emotions
Empathy- relating to others with acceptance, understanding and sensitivity to their diverse perspectives and experiences
Teamwork- Abilities to collaborate and coordinate action with others
Responsibility- Dispositions and abilities to reliably meet commitments and fulfill obligations of challenging roles
Initiative- capacities to take action, sustain motivation, and persevere through challenge toward an identified goal
Problem Solving- Abilities to plan, strategize, and implement complex tasks
Reduce misbehavior, violence, bullying, suspensions, absenteeism
Increase instructional time and safety
Improve relationships and attitudes among students, staff, administrators and community
Less time away from school has been proven to lower property crime rates and mischief complaints
Classroom Conversations will serve 600+ students based on 2, 12 week programs, in 10 classrooms. The feedback from the staff, admin and students has been amazing.
Teachers claim they benefit by learning how circles in the classroom can be used to discuss incidents that happen in the classroom or in the school, as a venue to share, and as a way to engage students who may not usually participate.
I have students who have been previously disengaged, participating more than ever.
I really enjoyed and was pleasantly surprised by the insights my students had surrounding some of the topics.
I think they enjoyed very much having the opportunity for speaking and being heard. I was somewhat surprised by some of the insights and sharing that came from this group.
It is so amazing, I wish it were in every class, it creates a special environment, I hope it can become a standard in all schools.
Thank you so much for this program! I highly recommend it to my colleagues!
The weekly routine of checking in and being comfortable sharing their thoughts and feeling others was valuable.
I like that I have a chance to speak and be heard.
I like to hear the different perspectives from my classmates
I have more in common with other kids in my class than I ever knew
I liked talking about each other because then you learn more about the people around you
I liked getting to know each other and that we could express our feelings
I like the activities and learning about other people’s opinions.
I learned about other’s feelings, that everyone matters and people have different opinions
We expressed ourselves and talked freely without the feeling of judgment.
It was a fun way to connect with classmates