C. J. Consulting and Services
Claire J. Salkowski, Principal Consultant
The Use of Circles
Circles are used in schools or organizations to help create positive climates and resolve conflict or behavior problems. They are also used in schools to deal with conflict among school members or families especially when groups are involved.
There are numerous types of Peacemaking Circles depending on the needs of the group or the direct purpose for calling a Circle. In the school or classroom Circles can be used to :
Bring understanding about a particular incident or event
Explore Character Traits
Solve specific problems
Develop social skills
Celebrate or honor some accomplishment
Plan an event or project
Teach and learn about a particular content
Run staff meetings or parent groups
It is important to understand the purpose of the Circle in order to plan accordingly. At times various purposes will overlap, but generally it should clear what the intent of the Circle is. Once the process is understood and practiced, students and teachers alike may find many more uses for Circles.
Contact us to find out about conducting a Circle for your school, class or group or for training on how to conduct Circles for the classroom