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Wisdom Circles Presentation09

  1. 1. Learning From and In Circles Remembering and Honoring Community & Connection
  2. 2. Why Wisdom Circles? <ul><li>It is increasingly clear that our cultural values have been undermined, so that even among the masses, and especially among today’s youth, there are individuals who are seeking, not so much the destruction, as something new on which to build. And because the destruction has been so wide spread and has gone so deep, this new foundation must be located in the depths in the most natural, the most primordial, most universally human core of existence. </li></ul><ul><li>- Marie-Louise Von Franz </li></ul>
  3. 3. Start with Needs
  4. 4. Why Wisdom Circles? <ul><li>The Lonely Coyotes </li></ul><ul><li>Who will tend the fires of community for our youth? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Wisdom Circles? <ul><li>The Story of “Half-Boy” (Michael Meade) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Our youth seek wholeness and a place in the heart of the village” </li></ul>
  6. 7. SEL SKILLS - CASEL <ul><li>Self Awareness - recognize emotions; describe interests & values; assess strengths; self-confidence & hope </li></ul><ul><li>Self Manage Emotions & Behavior - manage stress; express emotions appropriately; set & monitor goals; persevere </li></ul><ul><li>Socially Aware - perspective of & empathize with others; appreciate individual & group similarities & differences; seek out appropriate resources </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship Skills - build relationships built on cooperation; resist inappropriate social pressure; prevent, manage, & resolve interpersonal conflict </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible Decision Making - consider ethical standards, social norms, respect for others, likely consequences of various courses of action; motivated to contribute to well being of their schools & communities. </li></ul>
  7. 8. What are Wisdom Circles? <ul><li>Framework of personal, social, and character development based upon the needs of youth that fosters resiliency </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-cultural & Intergenerational social/emotional learning curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizes Arts-Based & Inquiry Based Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on both Content & Process </li></ul>
  8. 9. ORIGINAL STORY <ul><li>Connection : Relationship to Community </li></ul><ul><li>Need : To know where we come from (culture, lineage, history) </li></ul><ul><li>Resource : Wisdom </li></ul><ul><li>Archetype : Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Practices : Listen with the ear in the heart; story telling; reflection; curiosity; openness; patience; trust; resiliency </li></ul><ul><li>Season : Fall (releasing the seeds of self) </li></ul>
  9. 10. ORIGINAL FACE <ul><li>Connection : Relationship to self </li></ul><ul><li>Need : Personal Power/Impact </li></ul><ul><li>Resource : Power </li></ul><ul><li>Archetype : Warrior </li></ul><ul><li>Practices : Take a stand; respect; discipline; responsibility; faithfulness; be seen…be heard; be true…be clear </li></ul><ul><li>Season: Winter (honoring the seeds of self) </li></ul>
  10. 11. ORIGINAL MEDICINE <ul><li>Connection : Relationship to the world </li></ul><ul><li>Need : Share our gifts with others </li></ul><ul><li>Resource : Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Archetype : Visionary </li></ul><ul><li>Practices : What we believe, we are; right thinking; integrity; authenticity; truthfulness; perceptiveness; service to others; sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Season : Spring (planting seeds of self in the world) </li></ul>
  11. 12. ORIGINAL HEART <ul><li>Connection : One-to-One relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Need: To live with heart & meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Resource : Love </li></ul><ul><li>Archetype : Healer </li></ul><ul><li>Practices : Do what you love; know yourself; courage; encourage others; humility; acknowledgement; compassion; forgiveness; gratitude </li></ul><ul><li>Season : Summer (flourishing of the seeds of self) </li></ul>
  12. 13. The Meeting Place <ul><li>Connection : “The Whole”; the “Big Picture” </li></ul><ul><li>Need: To create; to connect to the “whole” </li></ul><ul><li>Resource : Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Archetype : Artist/Creator </li></ul><ul><li>Practices : Relate & Create; follow the golden threads; connect </li></ul>
  13. 14. Cross-Cultural & Intergenerational <ul><li>The Circle is a Universal symbol used as a teaching metaphor in many cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Circle is a symbol of connection - Circles within Circles </li></ul><ul><li>Student’s learn about concepts related to personal growth & character through the eyes of various cultures in individual, group, class, & school-wide activities </li></ul><ul><li>Students learn from each other, family & community members - Expanding Circles </li></ul>
  14. 15. Celtic
  15. 16. Asian
  16. 17. MAYAN
  17. 18. African Web of Life
  18. 19. Ancient Trypillian
  19. 20. ABORIGINAL
  20. 21. Applications To Social/Emotional Learning <ul><li>Individual advising/counselling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Incident Reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Restitution Process </li></ul></ul>
  21. 27. Applications To Social/Emotional Learning <ul><li>Group counseling & social/emotional learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Original Face (Warrior Archetype) has themes of dealing effectively with emotions (anger); right use of power; conflict mediation; discipline; responsibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Original Medicine (Visionary Archetype) has themes of life purpose; career planning; social justice; anti-racism & prejudice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wise Lives Program </li></ul></ul>
  22. 28. Applications To Social/Emotional Learning <ul><li>Class & whole school integration - Dr. Egbert Junior High School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Curricular areas (L.Arts, Math, Social, PE; Health) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Responsibility Week – Warrior Stick </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anti-Racism/Multi-Cultural Week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Quality” of the month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quarterly Assemblies & bulletin board displays </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Through the Arts projects </li></ul></ul>
  23. 33. <ul><li>Film-Making/Media Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Wisdom Circle themes used with videographer in Language Arts/Humanities classes to create visual montages & music videos based on student stories in grade 7, 8, & 9. Videos compiled into 20 minute vignette presentation for Fine Arts Evening. </li></ul><ul><li>CAPES Grant </li></ul><ul><li>2-year CAPES grant acquired which involved further integration of Wisdom Circle themes (content) into Language Arts & Social Studies curriculums </li></ul>Learning Through the Arts Projects - Dr. Egbert Junior High
  24. 34. WISDOM CIRCLE “PROCESS” <ul><li>Wisdom Circles are spaces that are facilitated with the intent of honoring both inner and outer wisdom. </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraged to sit and listen to one’s own “inner wisdom” about topic or issue </li></ul><ul><li>Experience of others entwine with one’s own inner resources to create new & authentic knowing and learning experiences that comes from the self - not an “expert” </li></ul><ul><li>Practice listening skills </li></ul>
  25. 35. Process includes our stories… <ul><li>Stories movie in circles. </li></ul><ul><li>They don’t go in straight lines. </li></ul><ul><li>So it helps if you listen in circles. </li></ul><ul><li>There are stories inside stories and stories between stories, </li></ul><ul><li>And finding your way through them is as easy and as hard as finding your way home. </li></ul><ul><li>And part of the finding is the getting lost. </li></ul><ul><li>And when you are lost, </li></ul><ul><li>You start to look around and to listen. </li></ul><ul><li>-from a Traveling Jewish Theatre, Coming from a Great Distance </li></ul>
  26. 36. Process Builds Community… <ul><li>Adherence to the following Agreements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen with soft eyes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be Present (Pay attention to What and Who is at your Gate) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Never Share or Die </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extend and Perceive Welcome </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confidentiality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Process based on work of Parker Palmer (Courage Circles); Rachael Kessler (Council Process) </li></ul></ul>
  27. 37. Integrating Wisdom Circle @ Belfast Elementary School <ul><li>Ambassadors Assembly - Original Story (Feb.); </li></ul><ul><li>Ambassador Assembly - Original Face (June); whole school Rock Project </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Storytelling - Grade 6 creating Original Stories (iMovies) for end of year presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 3/4 Story Catchers African Project - “Original Stories” of community and culture shared between students Belfast & students living in Africa </li></ul>