Teaching Restoratively...

Propels Literacy; Without sacrificing instructional time

Teaching in "Instructional Circles"

Teaching in a circle does many things. But, perhaps most importantly, it addresses connection and relationship essential to learning and to literacy. Moving from teaching in rows to teaching in a circle does this without sacrificing instructional time. This can be done by following a circle lesson plan (link below): beginning with a question to invite connection, moving into core activities, and ending in circle that allows students opportunities to summarize their learning, hear the samples of others, and partake in self-assessment/metacognition essential to learning. Teachers can move in and out of circle questions and circles can be conducted sequentially (where everyone answers) or non-sequentially (volunteers to answer) depending on the level of risk/sharing of the question/activity.

Helping students write a summary, for instance, should, like any learning, begin with developing connection, be linked to the students' interests and lives, and be socially supportive.