Circles have endless applications. The kinds of Circles I am speaking of (post here) include 4 stages, keeper, consensus, talking peace, center, values. You can hold circles to build community to resolve conflict. The outline/script below could be utilized for a range of student ages. Some suggestions on this included to use culturally relevant and appropriate greetings. For example a bow, or gesture that does not involve touch. Here is a resource for keepers:
Introduction of Circle/Keeper
- Getting students/chaperones/staff settled
- Set the tone, monitor emotional climate
- Introduction to Circle process – 4 values on board
- Listening from the heart, not for agree or disagree/right or wrong
- Respect, Quiet Hands & Feet (encouraging mirror behavior)
- Truth, speaking from the heart, what is true for you – see center perspectives
- Turns – explain talking piece, both roles important, opportunity to listen, listen together
- Four values, four stages, different way of communicating, Open & Close any questions?
- Consensus with Thumbs Up, thumb sideway or thumb down
- Opening Activity
Opening Activity: Handshake, Seat Change
|Physically – moves students around the Circle. Interacts students and adults. Increases oxygen for better brains.||Mentally– engages students in remembering the directions. Places value of Cirlce in the mindset. All participate, all values||Emotionally– may raise anxiety, preparing from something new, outside a comfort zone. Increase belonging and connection.||Spiritually– handshake as a “sign of peace”, sense of belonging, sense of connection. Non-verbal activity, energy of participants.|
Have the Circle stand, explain you will be using the 4 values.
- Listening to each person greet someone else
- one at a time, go to someone sitting away from you,
- Respect-offer hand, introduce yourself, Greeting, trade places, person sits
- Truth, offering your name and greeting, in a good way for you.
- As we go around, taking seats after greeting and be greeted, one person will be the “sweep” – and that person will say Good Morning Circle, I’m _____, and we will say Good Morning _______!
- After the activity, affirm the students for demonstrating the 4 values
- Set Up the Center – reminding of values, use of talking piece.
- Collective listening – ring chimes, set silence and stillness
- What did you find interesting
- What are you still wondering about
- Place pictures in Center –
- Reflection on the pictures – the question with the
- What would you like to ask the the artist?
- What did you like most in Circle – one of the 4 values and why or what about it
- What positive action could come from people learning this exhibit
Closing – Pass a handshake around the Circle – “Thank you for listening”, “Thank you for sharing”