The Power of The Circle

This is a Guest Post at MiddleWeb

My wife has been touting the positive effects of student dialogue circles for years. She is a middle school teacher and has seen how using this simple technique can result in a significant reduction in behavior infractions.

This year we implemented Monday circles into our morning routine at inner-city San Miguel School in Washington DC, where I am principal. Over 95% of the boys at our non-tuition Catholic middle school qualify for free/reduced meals and over 97% graduate from high school.

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We picked Mondays because our students can have difficulty “unpacking” from the weekend. They have an issue switching from their hectic home environment to our relatively stable environment at school. As I researched more about dialogue circles, I found that scientific evidence supports the concept as a powerful tool for improving multiple aspects of a school climate….

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