Introduction Getting Ready
Learning Circles Teachers' Guide
Open Circle Plan Projects Share Work Publish
Close Circle Overview

Interpersonal Skills

Learning Circles facilitate team work among teachers and students. Schools are grouped into Learning Circles during a session to accomplish a set of educational goals. The team is responsible for the design of its education. Each participant is a vital part of the group effort and accepts a degree of responsibility for the overall success of the Learning Circle.

Students are encouraged to take responsibility for different spects of the group work. Their ability to work with others to accomplish this goal increases their confidence and self-sufficiency. High expectations by student peers from other locations motivate student achievement.

Working on teams, teaching others, and working well with people from culturally diverse backgrounds are important work skills. Just as in the workplace, team work and good interpersonal skills are crucial ingredients for the success of Learning Circle projects. Students are encouraged to respect and learn from the diversity of backgrounds represented in the Circle.

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