Preventive Discipline / Building Relationships
Using Circles to Build Positive Relationships
Over 40 different circle activities that build positive relationships


Circles are a tool which not only develop positive relationships but also can be used to promote socioemotional learning, and restorative justice practices. This specific guide demonstrates a wide variety of ways can be used in the classroom such as to celebrate, promote discussion, problem-solve real life scenarios, teach and review curriculum, dialogue about classroom functioning, reflect on the day, and promote socioemotional learning. When used regularly, the use of circles have shown to promote strong relationships, engagement and participation, improved attendance, reduction in conflict, violence, and referrals, and an increased sense of belonging, among other things. This educator’s guide to using circles provides practitioners with over 40 different circle activities that they can implement within their classroom.