We have to talk about race, and how the racism that permeates our society is manifesting in our schools.
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.
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...
In our feature Ask the Keeper, senior trainer and staff developer Marieke van Woerkom answers your questions about restorative circles and related practices in schools. Send your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Much of the power of the circle process resides in the talking piece - the object that we pass in order from person to person around the circle as we invite each person to speak or to pass.
This circle activity invites students to share their feelings about gratitude and to express gratitude for things large and small.