January 24, 2017

Restorative Circles come Alive!!!!!!

Circle Training: A Transformative & Restorative Approach to Listening/Learning

Today, the participants experienced at least seven different types of circles that can be used in schools.  Circles can be used for:  Check-Ins; Check-Outs; Critique and Feedback; Review; Reading a Body of Work; Problem-Solving; & Gratitude.  Circles improve student voice and choice, empathy, listening skills, community-building and student engagement.

Circle Training fulfills best practices in 21st century education not only in the Dominican Republic but around the world (including Canada).  The Ministry of Education of the DR recommends (and requires) such innovative pedagogy for its schools as well as a focus on building school culture through healthy relationships.

Here is a video of one of the songs & skits that the participants created to summarize what they learned about circles today.....they were AMAZING!!!  

We laughed and cheered the amazing creativity of our Dominican colleagues!  What a fun day!  

This blog was written by Walking Together Learning Leader Diane Stronks who is serving and learning together with Anne Martin by facilitating a project in the Dominican Republic called Circle Training: A Transformative & Restorative Approach to Listening/Learning.


Jan 25, 2017 at 4:16 pm

¡Felicitaciones a los participantes! Cuando música y acciones son evidentes en pedagogía, restauración seguirá!

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