Restorative Circles

A guide to describe what Restorative Circles are and how they work

Using circles to end class on a positive note

We’ve all been there:  those times when we had a particularly challenging class, and we wonder if we truly made the impact we wanted to make.  We think to ourselves, “Ugh!”  We teachers tend to be particularly hard on ourselves.  Chances are the class was not nearly as bad as we imagined.  One way to prevent the emotional dregs of a challenging class is to name the good and celebrate it at the end.  

This circle helps students to name and affirm what happened good in the class.

Circle activity:
In the circle have students to name something good that came out of today’s class.  Then ask them what can they do to contribute to more positive experiences moving forward.

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