Restorative Circles in the Classroom:
Restorative circles are structured and inclusive discussions where students, along with the teacher, come together to address conflicts, build connections, and foster a positive classroom environment. In these circles, participants sit or stand in a circular arrangement, emphasizing equal participation and open communication. Each person has the opportunity to speak and be heard, fostering a sense of community and shared responsibility within the classroom.
Importance of Restorative Circles:
Restorative circles are crucial in the classroom as they provide a safe space for students to express themselves, resolve conflicts, and build empathy. By encouraging open dialogue, these circles help create a supportive community where everyone’s voice is valued. Additionally, restorative circles contribute to the development of conflict resolution skills, enhancing the overall social and emotional well-being of students. The collaborative nature of these circles promotes a positive classroom culture, reinforcing a sense of belonging and cooperation among students, which ultimately enhances the learning environment.
How To do A Restorative Circle
1st have students stand or sit in a circle.
Have a talking piece that can be passes around. Only the person holding this special item can share or talk.
Have Each student take a turn answering the question. Encourage everyone to share, but if a student really can’t think of a response, then they can pass from time to time. But remember, there are no correct answers! Its all about getting to know everyone and getting a chance to share your opinions and thoughts.
Save this presentation on your desktop for the next 20 school days and play one prompt per day.
Next time a conflict or problem occurs, Have students discuss a solution to the problem, or how the problem made them feel as a class community.
Here are 20 Circle Prompts to get you started on your classroom’s Restorative Circles Practice:
Do you prefer candy, Cake, Ice Cream, or cookies?
What school subject are you most confident in?
Is it more fun for you to color a picture, draw a picture, or paint a picture?
What is one thing you would bring if you were stuck on a tropical island for one week?
What is your favorite Fruit or vegetable?
Which pizza toping would you try if you had to?
If you could, Would you rather ride on a giraffe or a cheetah?
What is your favorite type of fidget?
What activity can make you feel better if you are feeling sad?
What is a good question to ask when meeting someone new?
Would you rather give a hug or get a hug?
What junk food always puts you in a good mood?
What is the best birthday present that you have ever gotten?
What could you tell yourself if nervous about a test?
What is a fun game to play outside at recess?
What is your least favorite chore at home?
What is the best place to have a birthday party?
Make your best animal impersonation or noise!
If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?
What would you buy if you had 1 million dollars?