and Learning in Circle
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can profoundly impact the way we teach and learn. Circles
are not a panacea. The Circle format will not replace a
solid curriculum, judicious choice of reading material and
thorough preparation on the part of teachers and students.
It can, and does – take a very good learning experience
and make it better. After twenty-one years I think I am
starting to "get it".
fact that everyone is so close that they can cry in front
of twenty people and so attached that at the end of only
one school year we can share our hopes and congratulations
towards each member of the group is a tremendous accomplishment.
There wouldn’t have been enough time in the whole
day to finish our last checkout today. There were so many
emotions felt this year that we could have shared them forever.
The learning experience that was introduced by practicing
circles has made an indelible impression among all of us.
We will never forget this way of communicating… (student
evaluation, June 2002)
] Lewis, A Grief Observed. P.
] Draft Book on Peace Making Circles. Kay Pranis, Barry
Stuart, Mark Wedge. February 2002. (unpublished)
] Senge, Peter et. al. Schools That Learn. Doubleday 2000.p.22
] for a more complete assessment see "Schools that
Learn pp. 30-58,
] Rhea Miller, Cloudhand Clenched Fist, p.29
] Schools that Learn p.55
] from the MSJA website
] from the Cambridge College Website
] Minnesota Department of Corrections
] from the ROCA website
] Edsel, Draft: ROCA Circle Work November 1999-June 2001
] For a more complete discussion of inquiry/advocacy see
The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge. (pp.195-198)
] Miller, Rhea. Cloudhand Clenched Fist . Innisfree Press
] Lanham, Richard.
are due to my wife Jennifer who read this paper in many
formats, edited it, and helped it begin to make sense. If
there is a good sentence in here it is Jennifer’s.
my Circle mentors: Molly Baldwin, Saroeum Phong, Anisha
Chablani, Barry Stuart, Kay Pranis, Harold Gatensby, Don
Johnson, Gwen Chandler-Rhivers, Mark Wedge and the young
people of ROCA
the administration of Mount Saint Joseph Academy and Cambridge
College who have not only been open to Circles, but have
encouraged and nurtured the process.
to all of the learners, young and not-so-young of Mount
Saint Joseph Academy and Cambridge College without whom….
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