At OES, every class starts the day with a homeroom community-building circle routine. This involves having all students and adults in the room stand or sit in a circle and share a little about themselves by answering a couple of non-academic questions. A talking piece is passed sequentially around the circle to ensure that every member has an equal opportunity to share. As part of the restorative-justice continuum of practices, circles help students and staff get to know each other better, develop listening and speaking skills, learn to empathize with others and gain a sense of belonging in their classroom communities. To learn about another school's experience with implementing community circles, CLICK HERE.