Election Processing Community Circle
Sequence of Events
Sit in Circle
Say: sit so you can see and be seen by everyone
State the Purpose
We are sitting in a circle to build connection and comradery between us as we process through the election results and what we feel that means for our Country’s future. When we sit in circles like this one, we are borrowing a tradition from Native People, who used this as a practice to hear and value the voices of each member of the community.
Teach/Remember Circle Guidelines
-Circle Guidelines are what allow us to fully give and get what we need from the circle/community
Are there any other agreements we need to make as a collective for this circle?
Intro the Talking Piece
-From Native or Indigenous Cultures; object symbolizes the contribution of every member
-The Circle keeper or community member should be personally connected to the object (as an example-use a photo, piece of jewelry, or flag from your native country. You should share the reason why you selected the object as your talking piece, the more vunerable you can be with the reason why you selected your talking piece the safer an environment you are starting to create for your students to engage)
Share: The Talking Piece we’re going to use today is….It’s story is...
-Say: When you have the talking piece, it’s your turn to share, when you dont, its your turn to listen
Option one: Share your emotional/feeling color & what that color means. (ex: “I feel dark blue b/c I feel sad and hopeless” or “ I feel red like fire because I am so angry with the decision our country made last night)
Option two: Share the emotion you are feeling as related to a type of weather. (ex. I feel overcast and cloudy but with the sun breaking through because currently I am feeling sad and overwhelmed, but am hopeful something better is around the corner)
*The talking piece is passed around the circle and each student shares their response.
Work of the Circle
-The work of the circle is the core learning, community building, and connecting that we will do together. Today, our focus will be on building our community through processing and reflecting on how we are feeling after our election results. Each of us will get a chance to share using the talking piece.
(The teacher should pick 1-3 of the prompts below and allow all students an opportunity to respond to each by passing the talking piece around the circle. The teacher should be the last person to share their reflections to each of the prompts, because in this process it is important to bring forward student voices and be mindful of teacher talk time)
After all students have shared their responses to the selected prompts, use an anchor chart paper to brainstorm agreements/solutions to the following questions.
Say: During this circle I felt connected when...
(exemplar response: During this circle I felt connected to Mario when he shared about his parents being upset last night and how he felt sad because he didn’t know what to do to make them happy because I experienced something similar with my family last night)
Close the Circle
Say: The circle is now over, but I encourage you to continue to connect with one another and support each other, that is the only way our community will grow stronger.