Circles

October 8, 2020

We offer our gratitude for the practices of Indigenous peoples, and share our land acknowledgment statement.

March 10, 2020

Here are six suggestions for how to facilitate a circle without passing a talking piece from person to person. 

November 24, 2019

In this circle activity, students reflect on the words of youth climate activists from around the world and consider their own values and hopes for the future. 

March 12, 2019

Seven common myths about restorative practices. 

January 1, 2019

Now might be a good time to review what has happened over the past year,both in our lives and the wider world. In this activity, students share reflections with the help of a short video and consider a next step.  

March 14, 2018

In her new Edutopia article, Marieke van Woerkom shares guidelines for facilitating meaningful circles that build community and skills in the classroom. 

September 3, 2017

This lesson begins with activities aimed at creating a sense of community among your students at the beginning of the school year. It also includes an exploration of issues in the news over the summer, and helps students consider how these issues are connected to their own lives and community.   

January 26, 2017

We've been doing circles at my school as a study skills course since the start of the year. It's been challenging when students act out, not respecting the talking piece. It impacts the rest of the group and their willingness to share. Do you have any suggestions of how to handle disruptive behavior...

November 6, 2016

We've been doing circles at my school as a study skills course since the start of the year. It's been challenging when students pass, pass, and pass again. This passing seems to get contagious at times. Do you think it would work to tell students that they can't pass for more than a go round or two...