Circles

March 14, 2018
In her new piece on Edutopia, Morningside Center senior trainer Marieke van Woerkom notes that restorative circles are most effective when they’re an integral part of school culture. "After all, you…
September 3, 2017
To the Teacher:   This lesson begins with activities aimed at creating a sense of community among your students at the beginning of the school year.   It also includes an exploration of issues in…
January 26, 2017
Question:   We've been doing circles at my school as a study skills course since the start of the year. It's been challenging when students act out, not respecting the talking piece. It impacts the…
November 6, 2016
Question:   We've been doing circles at my school as a study skills course since the start of the year. It's been challenging when students pass, pass, and pass again. This passing seems to get…
November 5, 2016
Dionne Grayman, a Morningside Center staff developer, shares a brief moment in an NYC classroom where she is introducing community-building circles through our Restore 360 Program. One first step for…
October 26, 2016
Question:  Our students do circles once a week on our special Friday schedule. I haven't run any of them because I am teaching at that time. I've seen them done very well, but in some circles…
September 8, 2016
Restorative circles have transformative power: They can create community where none existed before. They can connect students to each other and to the rest of the school community in meaningful ways…
September 8, 2016
In our feature Ask the Keeper, senior trainer and staff developer Marieke van Woerkom answers your questions about restorative circles and related practices in schools.  Send your questions to: …
March 20, 2016
"Everyone is needed for what they bring" is one of the seven core assumptions of restorative circles. We all have stories, perspectives and ideas to enrich each other's lives.  In circles, we are all…
October 25, 2015
  Setting the Stage Send a talking piece around, asking students to share a Halloween story - an experience they’ve had related to Halloween, the holiday celebrated in the U.S. on the night of…