Problem Solving Circles

EDUC 6936 -3

Problem Solving Circles

 When concerns or questions arise in a classroom or when issues arise in the classroom where one or more students has been harmed, problem solving circles can help to resolve these issues or concerns. When something goes wrong between people, it is necessary to ask:

Who has been hurt?

What are their needs?

What needs to be done to repair the harm?

Using a series of questions, people have an opportunity to share their experience in a safe and supportive environment. These questions allow us to move away from asking why in order to get a deeper understanding of what has occurred and who has been impacted.

 Five Core Questions:

  1. What happened?
  2. What were you thinking and feeling at the time?
  3. What’s been the hardest thing for you?
  4. Who has been impacted? How?
  5. What do you need [to do] in order to move on?