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First Week: Day 1 - Circle Set-Up

Updated: Aug 13, 2018



Happy New Year! This time of year always brings with it the smell of new supplies, the sweat of setting up our classrooms, and the nightly threat of dreams about school. I always love meeting my students and getting ready for the days ahead, but I also feel my personal resources running low. We are here to help you get a space set up for the important work you will find on Lead Teacher. Our goal is to give access to social and emotional education to all students, since, really, it's something that everyone needs.


In order to have conversations and lessons about the sensitive parts of school, there needs to be clear guidelines and a set plan. This lesson gets you started with setting up classroom circles. I originally came to classroom circles because of my interest in Restorative Justice. We will dig in to our relationship with that work in later posts, but establishing circle practices needed to happen before any justice could be served.


Much of our first week content comes from a great resource called “Teaching Restorative Practices with Classroom Circles” from the Center for Restorative Process. The full document can be found on the Resources page.


The excerpt below explains why circles change the way a meeting feels.





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