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Teachers Comment on Sponsoring Learning Circle Projects...

I have worked in Learning Circles for a number of years and I find it fits into any and all curriculum. Once you become a little familiar with this structure, you soon realize that all your classroom planning and curriculum work can be covered with your Learning Circle project as the centre. Opportunities for reading, writing, listening, speaking, and research grow naturally out of Learning Circle projects. Messages generated interesting problems and questions. These provided opportunities for creative problem solving, research, and lots of communication within the classroom and, of course, through this Learning Network.

Ron Oastler,
Lord Strathcona Public School
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Learning Circle help children build their own network of people. In our case, this recycling project was just that. The idea was sparked in Cincinnati. As a result of their project, we had a speaker come into our classroom to talk about recycling in Rotterdam. He brought two other people with him and has us on the phone to a fourth. And the students in my class started getting ideas. They talked to teachers and other students and then began their project. It was like magic! At first when I realized the experiences my students and I were having, I thought I had just lucked into a good Learning Circle. But as time went on I realized that these kinds of experiences are inherent to the Learning Circle format.

Janne Mathes
Woetina Elementary School
Rotterdam Junction, New Jersey

Having a plan for receiving, discussing, preparing and sending messages makes integration into the daily structure much easier. Classes I have had in the past usually set up cooperative teams with specific 'jobs' which they are responsible for each day and a specific deadline for completing the group task. The jobs range from receiving and reporting mail from individual Circle schools, to editing and layout of a section of the publication. Each child is responsible for producing at least two pieces of writing (done individually, with a partner, or in a small group) for projects proposed by our Circle partners--this makes it possible for them to choose the type of writing or topic of most interest. Charts of group progress, whole group discussions and clear deadlines make for a successful Learning Circle experience!

Sandi Norgaard
Hilton Village School
Hilton, New York

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