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

Step #1:

1st have students stand or sit in a circle.

Step #2

Have a talking piece that can be passes around. Only the person holding this special item can share or talk.

Step #3

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.

Step #4

Save this presentation on your desktop for the next 20 school days and play one prompt per day.

Step #5

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:

Day 1

Do you prefer candy, Cake, Ice Cream, or cookies?

Day 2

What school subject are you most confident in?

Day 3

Is it more fun for you to color a picture, draw a picture, or paint a picture?

Day 4

What is one thing you would bring if you were stuck on a tropical island for one week?

Day 5

What is your favorite Fruit or vegetable?

Day 6

Which pizza toping would you try if you had to?

Day 7

If you could, Would you rather ride on a giraffe or a cheetah?

Day 8

What is your favorite type of fidget?

Day 9

What activity can make you feel better if you are feeling sad?

Day 10

What is a good question to ask when meeting someone new?

Day 11

Would you rather give a hug or get a hug?

Day 12

What junk food always puts you in a good mood?

Day 13

What is the best birthday present that you have ever gotten?

Day 14

What could you tell yourself if nervous about a test?

Day 15

What is a fun game to play outside at recess?

Day 16 

What is your least favorite chore at home?

Day 17

What is the best place to have a birthday party?

Day 18

Make your best animal impersonation or noise!

Day 19

If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?

Day 20

What would you buy if you had 1 million dollars?

If you are looking to make the practice of restorative circles a daily, or at least frequent, practice, then these Elementary School Prompt cards can help you get started with fun and engaging questions that cover a variety of topics.

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