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As a general practice, most classroom circles should be focused on community building and regulation. Until a deeper level of trust is established within the classroom it isn't recommended to use classroom circles directly for harm repair or more vulnerable topics. When there is a problem in your class, it is recommended that you FIRST hold a smaller circle with only the students involved to repair relationships and prevent shaming. The focus should be  ‘unmet needs’ and feels universal to the group without targeting one student.*


The following script is a framework to address various topics that are causing problems in the class. Consider following up after 1 to 2 weeks to see if things have improved or if you need to make further agreements and commitments.


*If you have a single student who is responsible for the problem in the class, a classroom circle may not be an appropriate place to address it. Instead, be sure to ask for help from your Tier 2 team to create a behavior plan and support. We never want to sit in circle over and over again, shaming a student who is unable to change their behavior without support. If your school needs help setting up a clear MTSS referral process and providing appropriate behavior interventions check out my Tier 2 & 3 Behavioral Supports online course!

Classroom Problem Solving Circle - General

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