'This is a very practical guide to a teaching approach that enables children to become more powerful learners; it is also an opportunity to spend time with a big-hearted person who understands what happens for children in school and how circles can help them grow.' - James Park, PROGRESS Director, Human Scale Education (www.progress-hse.org)
'Grounded in contemporary research, Roffey ignites the reader's conviction that 'I can do this too!' Gifting the educator with a treasure chest of fresh, engaging, practical and applicable ideas, this book makes it possible for every teacher to build both the learning and well-being of all young people.'
- Kerry Bird, Project Manager for Personal and Social Development Education in Catholic Education - Cairns and Brisbane
First published as Circle Time for Emotional Literacy, this new edition has been updated to reflect how the Circle Solutions philosophy and pedagogy can be used to build relationships and resilience for children and young people.
Putting current research on wellbeing into practice, Circle Solutions addresses issues not incidents, solutions rather than problems, and strengths rather than deficits, providing a framework for student engagement and learning.
New to this edition:
a chapter on promoting the positive: thoughts, feelings and approaches
more anti-bullying strategies, with cyber-bullying covered explicitly
a quick reference appendix of games
ways of embedding Circle Solutions as a tool for wellbeing
updated and expanded resources.
Activities and games included in the book promote positive communication skills, empathy and connectedness, class cohesion and co-operation, friendship skills and ethical behaviour. The book is suitable for all phases of education.
Circle Solutions in action
Watch this photo-film about Circle Solutions showing the philosophy practice and the views of teachers, students and school principals about its effectiveness.
Previously a teacher and educational psychologist, Sue Roffey is currently adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney and Honorary Lecturer at University College London. She is a prolific author, international educational consultant and speaker on issues related to pro-social behaviour, belonging, resilience and positive relationships within education. She is the founder and director of Wellbeing Australia (www.wellbeingaustralia.com.au/wba) and now lives between Sydney and London. Sue can be contacted through www.sueroffey.com and www.circlesolutionsnetwork.com/csn.
Preface Acknowledgements About the Author List of Tables and Figures The Circle Solutions Philosophy and Principles The Circle Solutions Pedagogy: Maximising Effectiveness The Basics Strengths, Dreams and Values Positive Communication Skills Emotional Awareness and Skills Promoting the Positive for Resilience Shared Humanity: Connection, Belonging and Empathy Friendship, Cooperation and Ethics Circle Solutions for Challenging Situations Appendix 1: Twelve Dimensions for Learning Relationships and Promoting Wellbeing: Lesson Content and Congruent School Context Appendix 2: Games Index Appendix 3: Useful Resources