A community Circle is a safe discussion space in which students and the teacher sit in a circle so that all members’’ faces are visible to one another. What distinguishes a community circle from a group discussion is that Community circles are explicitly used as an opportunity for students to build a sense of community and positive classroom culture. Community circles increase motivation and engagement, empowering students by giving them an opportunity to express different thoughts and opinions in a safe and respectful space.
1A and Community Circles
1A has started using community circles in their grade to try and build respectful listening practices and positive classroom relationships.
A community Circle is a safe discussion space in which students and the teacher sit in a circle so that all members’ faces are visible to one another. Students have the opportunity to voice their opinion and concerns as well as celebrate the fantastic learning that is happening in the class.
Mrs Gerace worked with 1A to begin implementing community circles in the grade.
1A discuss – If you had a superpower what would it be and why?
Some ideas were,
“I would make sure everyone is kind to each other”
“I would help everyone when they needed help”
“I would make everyone who is poor rich”
“I would make everyone happy and laugh”
3/4 A celebrate Community Circles.Discussing what makes them happy, sad and what makes them laugh :)
Grade 5/6C: Getting Acquainted with Community Circles
If you were an animal, what type would you be and why? Share a happy childhood memory.