Hey fellow, ICs, I’m wondering if you can help me flesh out a project idea…
At SECA we have been having 13 minutes for advisory circles after lunch all last year and so far this year. I’m already exhausted for the year trying to figure out what we should be talking about there and I want to make this easier on people like me leading student circles daily.
- I know there are RJ resources on the district website somewhere, not sure how easy it is for me to go there and be like, “I want 3 good community building circle qs for today” (tomorrow, the next day, the nex…)
- Our counselor Melissa Winship emailed out scans of some pages from workbooks with RJ community questions. Used those (up?) last year, not sure it’s worth trying to re-dig them out of my email
- I have an “if” book I picked up at HPB and students sometimes pick a question out of there
- I know at least one teacher here has some resources like a Smartboard doc with 13 pages of “rather” type questions in it.
What I’d like:
- LOTS of ideas, preferably in one place
- Interactive? Some way to sort or mark by what we’ve already used or what went over well / poorly. Staff keeps adding more ideas!
- Low key vs. in depth. A list of “favorites” to start off circles or ease in new students (book, breakfast food, type of music, shoe brand,…) on the low key end. We literally need hundreds of these to pull from. The list from Melissa had much more “in depth” that most students would say “pass” on like “what’s a time you trusted someone and they didn’t come through”. Maybe a level in between the two to help the group get comfortable enough to move more in depth?
- Something that helps move through the year? Back to school vs. fall / halloween vs. … vs. spring vs. end of school year…
- A way to give students more ownership of the process / resources?
So what do you think my new project is? A shared google sheet with tabs to sort things out? A dumping ground to start with? A concerted effort to amass stuff over the course of the year and org it later? A cool tech tool all circle leaders can pull up on their phones?