A recent interview with Ms. Evangeline Carrillo and two 2nd grade students:
Tell me more about student led circles?
Evangeline: “What this means is that the students are running the morning greeting, temperature check and going over the rights and responsibilities. These are all things we go over during our morning circle, except they get to do plan for it and execute it!"
Why is this important for students to learn?
Evangeline: “It is very important because it builds confidence and gives the kids opportunities for them to be listened to by their peers. It gives them a voice really!"
What has surprised you?
Evangeline: “The confidence they bring! I thought a few of them wouldn’t want to volunteer or feel like this was something they had to do. I thought it was going to be hard for them to plan out the entire thing, especially when it came to scaffolding the activity, but they did it very well! Every student followed directions."
Why is it important to empower students to lead circles?
Evangeline: “It is very important because students learn better when it is being led by peers. All the goals are concrete if they see their peers doing it. It shows them that they can do it too. The way they demonstrate it is at their own level. If they are the ones teaching about the tools from toolbox, it registers more for them because they see a peer performing it!”
What do you enjoy about leading circles?
Alexia: "I enjoy it because we get to do activities and we get to read books. It is really fun because I get to ask my class tricky questions that I come up with."
Kennedy:" I enjoy being a leader! I get to be the teacher and ask questions."
Why is it important to lead your own learning?
Kennedy: "It is important because you get to think about the things you want to learn.”
Alexia: “ It is important because I get to pick what learning skill I want to focus on before I teach the lesson to the rest of the class. I want to be a teacher when I grow up, so this is fun.”