Some classes participate in Community Circle weekly, while other teachers find it more valuable to make it part of their daily routine. Most teachers set aside 10-20 minutes per session. When starting out you should model, later you can choose students to lead. When you begin you might want to choose one word answer prompts to help encourage students who are nervous about sharing. This is also good when you have a schedule change that leaves you short on time; but the goal should be to move beyond that to answers that will help you learn more about each other and strengthen the sense of community in your classroom.
There are just a couple important rules to follow:
1. Listen Attentively
2. Respect Everyone
3. Right to Pass (students can pass when it's their turn)
Here are some suggested talking prompts to get you started:
What is your favorite color, animal, season, food?
How many people are in your family?
How many teeth have you lost?
What pets do you have? (If you don’t have a pet, what kind of pet would you like to have?)
What do you like to do after school or on the weekend?
What is one thing that you do to help out at home?
What is your favorite thing to do with your family and why?
What book did you read at home last night and what was your favorite part?
What is one thing you like about our classroom?
What is one thing you learned yesterday or this week?
What is your favorite thing to do at school and why?
What is something you have learned to do very well?
What is something you hope to learn this year?
How would you make a new student feel welcome?
Which specials class do you like best and what is your favorite thing to do there?
What would you buy if you had $100 to spend?
Who would you want to meet if you could meet someone famous and why?
What is one thing you wish you could have or do?
If you could travel to anywhere, where would you go?
What is something you are grateful for?
What is one holiday tradition in your family?
What is one thing you did over fall/winter/spring break?