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Magic Circle

Posted by lbbartolomeo on July 2, 2012

I LOVE my double circles drawn on my music room floor.  I have a black outer circle and a red inner circle. They have SAVED my life and made classroom management and teaching in general so much better.  I use a permanent marker.  I have to redo it every couple of months because it fades, but I couldn’t live without it. You just have to find a way to MAKE them let you do it. I would think custodians would like it better because it doesn’t leave any residue like tape leaves.

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Why I love my circle.

1.  Kindergarteners can make a circle in 2 seconds flat because you don’t need to HOLD HANDS with all that pulling and tugging.

2.  I can make single circles and double circles.

3.  I can have students on the black outer circle and take three small steps in to the red circle (step, step, step, touch) which is so common and no one goes past the red circle.  It sets boundaries.

4.  You can circle right or left without the circle collapsing on a side or a student passing the person in front of them.

5.  As far as classroom management, if I ask students to stand with their toes on the black line, it’s very concrete.  A student is either in compliance or not.


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