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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 students are treating each other unkindly, it is recommended that you FIRST hold a smaller circle with only the students involved to repair relationships and prevent shaming.* The focus of a classroom circle should be "unmet needs" rather  than "harm."  The following script is an example of a topic that addresses ‘unmet needs’ and feels universal to the group without targeting one student. 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 particularly struggling with aggressive behavior and is negatively affecting the class, 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: Physical Aggression

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