Ping Yi Secondary School is a pilot school in Restorative Practices (RP) and has worked towards establishing a restorative culture within the school setting where positive relationships are developed among all stakeholders of the school. Although it started out as an approach misbehaviour in the area of pupil management, the use of RP in Ping Yi has evolved into a proactive approach to build positive relationships in both instructional and non-instructional programmes.
Since 2008, Ping Yi introduced the use of the Relational Teaching Framework using Circle Time as a tool to deliver the formal curriculum. Circle Time focuses on encouraging maximum student participation in the activities and in the process, brings about a high level of student engagement and improves students’ self-esteem. It also provides a conducive teaching and learning environment and allows the teacher to elicit immediate feedback from the students. More importantly, through the use of Circle Time, the relationships between (teachers and students) and (students and students) are enhanced and this contributes to a restorative culture in the school where positive relationships are highly valued by all stakeholders.
Circle Time has been applied within the classroom as a pedagogical tool to enhance teaching and learning in various subjects. It is essentially a speaking and listening process. Teachers using Circles have created an impact on students learning as well as creating a positive effect on the social environment within the classroom. When students present their answers in a circle, they learn how to communicate, how to speak confidently and coherently, how to actively listen to other people and how to respond to others verbally and non-verbally, all essential 21st century skills.
Our belief and approach is founded in the belief that quality interaction through relational teaching will inadvertently lead to quality learning.
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