• Quality Circle/Circle of Power and Respect(CPR):

    CPRs are designed to create a positive student-teacher-peer relationship by discussing and dealing with common problems such as bullying. The teacher is a part of the circle and acts a facilitator rather than a director. The teacher makes sure the ground rules are being followed and is able to draw a session to a close if pupils are persistently breaking the rules. The tone is set by making positive comments only.  The classroom is set up with an open circle of chairs.  Some teachers use a `talking object` to facilitate discussion.  This talking object is passed around the circle and the only person who is allowed to talk is the person holding the talking object.  The CPR typically starts with a brief conversation about the students’ experiences of bullying in the school.  Students may share happenings aloud as the group decides on a proactive solution to the problem shared.  Afterwards, the group works on problem-solving strategies for any issues shared.  Students are informed that all discussions are to remain confidential and specific names should never be included in the chat.  Besides addressing student concerns, CPRs are often used to help teach children how to solve problems which have been identified by either the teacher or students.  Students can identify solutions to the problem by using the LEADERS strategies. CPR’S have been used in HomeBase and have shown success in reducing bullying.  CPR’s play a role in the prevention of bullying and help students develop skills such as listening and empathizing.  CPR’s promotes respect for others and self-esteem and it develops an anti-bullying code to which all members of the school community have contributed.