Not sure what sorts of questions to explore with your class or staff?
High quality prompts are questions that give the circle its energy and focus. The circle keeper asks a question and invites everyone on the circle to respond (including the circle keeper). Some questions are proactive and are about building and maintaining community. Check-in questions are an example of this. Some prompts are about responding to specific challenges. Restorative questions are a sequence of prompts that guide dialogues leading to understanding the consequences of harmful behaviors, and agreements about how to repair those harms. Closure questions invite reflection on what has happened in the circle.
High quality prompts have these characteristics:
Want to see some example questions for your next circle meeting?
Here's a free "Quality Question Cheat-Sheet, our printable gift to you:
And if you'd like a complete introduction to Restorative Practice, help yourself to the free training manual (upper right).
Amos Clifford, Guide and Restorative Council Mentor; trainer in restorative justice, restorative dialogue with nature, and circle-keeping and the way of council; mentor.