Classroom teachers implement the grade-differentiated Open Circle Curriculum during twice-weekly, 15-minute Open Circle Meetings. Students form a circle of chairs, including an empty seat to symbolize that there is always room for another person, voice or opinion.
Open Circle Meetings are also a familiar and safe setting for children to discuss important issues in their classroom, school, local community or the broader world. Open Circle lessons are highly interactive, incorporating large and small group discussions, role playing, community-building and mindfulness activities and practices, and high quality children’s literature. Teachers and counselors also use the Open Circle Curriculum in their work with students who require additional, targeted instruction. The Open Circle Curriculum is designed for implementation by current and past participants in Open Circle’s Core Program.
The 2015 edition of the Open Circle Curriculum includes updates across all lessons, a new unit structure, and a greater emphasis on reflection and assessment. See a sample Table of Contents (Grade 5) or a sample lesson from Kindergarten, Grade 2 or Grade 4.
Getting to Know Each Other
Giving & Receiving Compliments
How To Sort Problems
Dangerous & Destructive Behaviors
Identifying the Problem