WHAT is being practiced in Circles?
RESPECT – every perspective is valued as meaningful to that individual
EQUALITY – expectations are the same for adults as they are for students
EMPATHY & EMOTIONAL LITERACY – greater opportunity to reflect on what you are feeling and to talk about your feelings than in normal conversations. We are nurturing and developing our capacity for empathy.
PROBLEM SOLVING – operating from a place of confidence in the innate capacity of humans as a collective to work our way through difficult places
RESPONSIBILITY – practicing with both words and actions. The physical structure of a Circle encompasses a non-verbal kind of accountability.
SELF REGULATION AND SELF AWARENESS – each participant is exercising self-control and self-discipline to make the circle possible. All must wait to speak, listen without responding immedicately, and delay their own need to speak.
SHARED LEADERSHIP – practice of fundamental democracy in which all voices are heard and all interests must be treated with dignity