Thinking of Concepts in New Ways

By Rebecca Altepeter, Head of School

At Dearborn Academy we often use the circle format to think about concepts in new ways or introduce new academic material – in addition to the better known use of circles for community building*. In this circle for our elementary class, students were asked to think more deeply and expansively about how they and those around them approach problem solving.


The predictable structure of a circle inherently provides time for deep thought and opportunity to provide others with encouragement. It was exciting to hear their ideas!



*Read Why We Use Restorative Practices at Dearborn for more on using circles for community building.