One of our favorite turnaround stories comes from a middle school math teacher who was initially very resistant to using restorative practices in her classroom, saying, “I have to fit 60 minutes of content into a 45 minute block; I do not have time to use a Connection Circle in my class!”
We encouraged her to give it a try, and now she says, “Getting through content goes so much faster than it used to, my teaching is much more efficient than ever before!”
Now that her students feel connected to each other, to her, and her to them, they are present and engaged in what she is teaching.
Connection Circles have created a culture of safety and trust in the classroom.
If she forgets to do a connection circle, her students are quick to remind her. She now uses a connection circle in EVERY class period, and can’t imagine teaching without them.
It is true that using Restorative Practices requires an investment of time upfront, and spare time is not something any teacher has. But today’s issues are not going to go away and tools are needed to address what’s come to the surface.
What we’ve seen over and over again, and is evidenced in the story above, is that teachers who make the upfront investment are reaping massive long-term benefits. Connection Circles are one of the many valuable tools you’ll learn to transform your classroom culture.
We’d love to have you join our community and enjoy these same positive results.