Closing Circle Idea: Maître d'
Closing Circle is a positive, structured way to bring closure to the school day. It takes just a few minutes and is a time for students to reflect and celebrate what they have done in school that day.
What exactly do children do in a Closing Circle? They may sing a song, think about an accomplishment, set a personal goal for the following day, play a game, or send a friendly good-bye around the circle. The choice depends on the children's developmental abilities, your personal style, and—importantly, on the kind of day the class had. The common thread that runs through all closing circle activities is their focus on the positive.
Here's a K–6 Closing Circle activity idea from Closing Circles: 50 Activities for Ending the Day in a Positive Way, the new book that I co-authored with Dana Januszka:
How to do this group activity:
- Call out, "Table for [a number from 2 through 4]."
- Students quickly assemble in small groups with that number of members.
- Ask a question for children to answer in their group or give a topic for them to discuss. For example, "Which way of practicing spelling words works best for you?"
- Call out another table number after all students have had time to share in their small groups. Students form new small groups based on the new number.
- What could we do to welcome our new classmate next week?
- What's your favorite time of the school day?
- What's one thing we could do to make our field trip go well tomorrow?
- Who's your favorite (or least favorite) character in our read-aloud?
Skills: voicing an opinion, counting (for younger students)
Dana Januszka shared another idea from our new book, Closing Circles: 50 Activities for Ending the Day in a Positive Way, here on the Responsive blog. Click here to see it!
To celebrate the arrival of Closing Circles, we're giving away 5 copies of the book this month! To enter, just leave a comment on this post. We'll pick the winners on August 24.
Congratulations to the winners of the Closing Circles book giveaway: Donna Madden; Ellen Hoitsma; Michelle Connolly; Jeana Occhialini, and Elizabeth Obester.
Thanks to everyone who entered—we loved reading all of your comments!
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