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September 1, 2018
Vol. 76
No. 1

Seen on the Screen / Circling Up

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Classroom Management
How can dialogue circles foster community and improve classroom management? See for yourself in an Edutopia video showing teachers at Glenview Elementary in California employing circles to give students a way to talk openly about day-to-day issues and feelings. Teacher Edwina Smith first guides her students in mindful breathing. The kids then check in on how they're feeling—from 5 (energized to learn), to 4 (getting there) down to 1 (as one boy notes, "dragging because I still have a headache"). The video also showcases moments from the circles used to resolve conflicts that flare during the school day.

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