Circles are used to create relationships in the class and set the tone for dignity and respect, especially in courses that engage challenging topics involving gender, sexual identity, race, religion, class, culture, or ability. It is difficult to be uncivil to someone if you have an established relationship with them. Circles can be used to allow students to make observations and share their feelings about both academic and non-academic matters. Circles emphasize all members of the class as equals and provide a space where every student can be seen, valued, and heard. Finally, studies have shown that restorative circles used in schools increase student motivation and success (Follestand and Wroldsen 14).
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