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Connecting Circles - Networking Skill

2017 Fall Leadership CTSO

Linda Marvel

on 23 October 2017

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Connection Circles Networking Skills
Values and Principles of the Circle and Community
Set the tone and expectation of the circle to reflect the core values upon which it is based.

Used consistently, the values that govern the success of the circle, will foster the relationship building.

Skill development will eventually spread out of the circle into the greater community.
Typical Circle Structure:
1. Chairs are placed in a
physical circle,
enough chairs for all participating members with no additional furniture blocking any participants. Or participants may stand in an open circle.
Listen to the directions from MRS. COLLICK, our group Keeper.
Pick a Card
Now sort into your Circle
Responsive Circles
Circle Template
Getting Acquainted, Values, & Storytelling
Role of Keeper
General Circle Format:
3. Introduction of Talking Piece: Purpose:
to create an equitable environment for sharing. Everyone gets a chance to speak or have the right to pass. For those that do not have the talking piece, it is an opportunity to actively listen to the speaker. Sometimes the talking piece may be suspended to encourage spontaneous sharing or brainstorming. Example of a talking piece: Sacred or meaningful objects that community members can relate to or something that has meaning to someone or is relevant to the topic to be discussed. (Stuffed animal, rock, stone, etc.). Suggested language: The person holding the talking piece is the only one who may speak. Everyone else in the circle is actively listening and trying not to spend time thinking about what they are going to say. The talking piece usually moves in a circular format (clockwise or counter clockwise). Every person has the opportunity to speak and the right to pass if they choose. Even though someone may pass, they must still be present and participate.

4. Check-In: Purpose:
to invite participants to talk about how they are feeling on physical, mental or emotional levels at the moment. Suggested check in language: Q: Name one word describing how you are feeling? If you could be a weather pattern, what pattern would describe how you are feeling right now (today)?

5. Discussion Rounds: Purpose:
choosing a topic that is appropriate for the group to discuss will directly impact the success of the circle. If this is a new group and you are just getting to know each other, you may ask people to share what is important to them about being in this community. A good prompting question for a circle will allow people to speak from a personal perspective about something that relates to the group. After asking a question that allows people to tell a story, you may ask a question that encourages people to speak about the issue or reason they were brought into the circle today (community building, celebration, general check in, current event etc.)

6. Check out: Purpose:
To invite participants to express how they are feeling at this moment as the circle is about to end. Suggested check out language: Share one word about how they are feeling at the end of the Circle or about what they most appreciated about the process.

7. Closing: Purpose: T
o close the circle with intention and allow participants to re-enter the world and acknowledge the work done in circle. Examples of a closing: poems, quotes, do a guided meditation or breathing exercise, etc.. You may suggest that everyone stand shoulder to shoulder and take three deep breathes together. You may also read a short poem or quote and with an expression of gratitude to all present for their participation.
Gain valuable
life skills
that will
positively contribute to improved interpersonal relationships
academic success,
but will also
prepare them for their future endeavors and relationships.
Mrs. Collick & Mrs Marvel
K-12 Teaching Academy
Cape Henlopen High School

Intentionally creating a space that lifts barriers between people, circles open the possibility for connection, collaboration, and mutual understanding.
caring relationships

positive expectation messages

opportunities for meaningful participation.
Derived from aboriginal and native traditions
We should have 4 circles
Begins with lowest 2,3 thru King, Ace.
(Aces will meet the lowest to complete your Circle).
The process of passing the talking piece around the circle may continue for a number of rounds. Since only one person speaks at a time,
it’s important to offer all participant’s a chance to reflect on what the others are saying in the circle.
Vicki Grieves (2009) explains: “These ancestors created order out of chaos, form out of formlessness, life out of lifelessness, and, as they did so, they established the ways in which all things should live in interconnectedness so as to maintain order and sustainability. The creation ancestors thus laid down not only the foundations of all life, but also what people had to do to maintain their part of this interdependence—the Law. The Law ensures that each person knows his or her connectedness and responsibilities for other people (their kin), for country (including watercourses, landforms, the species and the universe), and for their ongoing relationship with the ancestor spirits themselves.”
Instructions for CHAOS
2. The
facilitator is called the “keeper”,
and leads the meeting (may possibly be lead by a student).
4. The
makes introductory comments, often including a
discussion of the values
that guide the success of the process, and
may place the written values/positive agreements
on the floor in the middle of the circle for all participants to see.
3. The
poses a question or topic
(of which depends on the purpose of the circle).
5. A
talking piece
is introduced and passed, usually clockwise around the circle.
6. The
only person authorized to speak is the person holding the talking piece
(one person at a time), participants may choose not to speak if they wish.

7. When a person
is finished speaking, they pass the talking piece onwards
to the next person.
1. Opening Purpose:
to create a special or sacred space where everyone will come together to share in ways we ordinarily don’t have the opportunity to do. Also to ground everyone, set a positive tone for participants to transition into the circle process. Examples of an opening: poems, quotes, guided meditation or breathing exercise Suggested opening language: “We have come together today to learn more about one another and to be together in a way which will make our school community (or our class or group) stronger, closer and safer.”

2. Guidelines/Values: Purpose:
to allow Circle participants to identify and agree upon shared guidelines for the circle. It’s very important to convey the importance of, and hold participants accountable to the guidelines as they directly impact the success of the circle. Circle guidelines: Respect the talking piece: everyone listens, everyone has a turn. Speak from the heart: your truth, your perspectives, your experiences, Listen from the heart: let go of stories that make it hard to hear each other. Trust that you will know what to say: no need to rehearse. Say just enough: without feeling rushed, be concise and considerate of the time of others. Suggested guideline language: “Here are the core circle guidelines. Are there any other guidelines you would like to add?” Pass the talking piece around the circle and chart any other guidelines.
Values: Circle participants identify and agree upon personal and shared group values which everyone will honor during the circle. Note: The traditional way is to ask people to bring their “best selves” to the discussion. Values are a reminder for how to ‘be’ in Circle. Respect, honesty, trustworthiness, courage, are examples of such values.
Additional Circle Starters
Repairing Harm
Circle Rounds
ME TOO!!!!!
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