Effective tools to build teacher-student relationships

A Simple Approach to Connection

 
Sharing and Support

A sense of connection is a core human need

 

The Circle Dynamics Group works with schools and school district personnel to quickly build interpersonal connections that encourage trust and deeper conversation with students.

Our approach fosters authenticity, genuine listening, and compassionate support so that students and staff uncover solutions to their problems, and find the relief and support that comes in sharing and connecting with others.

  • Learn how to build interpersonal connections quickly.
  • Create more trust with co-workers, students, family and friends.
  • Learn how to train others in this approach.
A simple and effective approach

How do we do it?

Our simple approach is called CLRS: Curiosity, Listen, Respect, and Support.

Curiosity

Curiosity means to clear your mind of any preconceptions, judgments or experiences so that you can be completely open to discovery as you listen.

Listen

Listen means to focus completely on what the other person is saying with your only goal being to learn more. We call this “Genuine Listening” because you bring no agenda to your listening; there is nothing to ‘solve’ or an endpoint to reach in your conversation.

Respect

Respect means to treat the other person as your equal in dignity and worth as a human being. You withhold judgment about their feelings or actions and you do not shame or blame them for their choices or behaviors.

Support

Support means to help the person work through their emotions, uncover other possible solutions to their problems, and find the relief that comes in sharing and connecting with others.
What if we adults could adopt a few simple techniques to help kids make good decisions, free up their own authentic wisdom, AND build closer relationships?
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Deep and meaningful connections

What are the Benefits of our Approach?

It is our fundamental belief that people want better connections with each other, be it at work, home, school or with friends. Our hectic lives and reliance on social media have made meaningful connections more challenging than ever.

Our CLRS approach provides a way to build those connections quickly. This approach has many benefits.

Trust building

More trusting relationships with co-workers and colleagues

Closer relationships

Closer relationships with friends, family and significant others

Enhanced Mental Health

Support student mental health, including depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.
Testimonials from happy clients

Success Stories

  • Martha
    After only 30 minutes, I feel inspired and connected. . . and I discovered there is a lot of power in just being curious.
    Martha Levenson
    Paraprofessional, Seattle Public Schools
  • Jeff Brown
    Just want to let you know we had our first circle on Friday morning before we started class and it went very well. I explained what we’re doing and the kids got right into it right away. A few of them that rarely speak opened up big time and I understood what made them tick because they were talking about relationships at home how that affects them at school. They also talked about their frustration with other kids bullying them. I have been with these students for 6 months and I’d never known this. Thank you for showing me a new way to really connect with my students!
    Jeff Brown
    SPED teacher, Bradshaw Mountain High School
  • Mark Goligoski
    The students who participate in our school circles have matured and learned to respect others as well as themselves. It is clear that those who provide mentorship are passionate about ensuring our students develop the skills required to live healthy lives and make positive contributions to the community. Though our teachers and staff are also devoted to similar principles, we are blessed to collaborate with you as we seek to provide a safe environment where children are loved and are given the opportunity to learn and grow.
    Mark Goligoski
    Principal, Prescott High School

Ethan's Personal Journey

Over the course of two years, I’ve been able to overcome challenges in my life, like facing myself and looking at who I want to be, and then changing my life so that I can achieve that and be a better person.

Ethan

  • I’ve also overcome my urge to use drugs.
  • I’m now I’m more able to help and support my family because we don’t have what everybody else has.
  • I think it’s really cool that I’ve been able to turn my life around like that.
  • Now I think of myself more positively and I feel good about who I am.
  • I found I can take that to other kids and help them feel better about themselves.
Professionals with vast hands-on experience

Meet our Team

Larry Levenson

Co-Founder


Larry is a national leader in training adults across the country to effectively lead discussion circles for teens. He has a Masters's Degree in Human Development.

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Harry Kroner

Co-Founder


Harry is a co-founder of Circle Dynamics Group. He has a Master’s degree in psychology and has focused in the past 20 years on teaching personal and spiritual growth.

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Adam Young

Co-Founder


Adam has a Masters Degree in Teaching, was a high school teacher for 10 years, and has 6 years of mentoring experience with Boys to Men Mentoring as the Program Director.

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Tyler Gatton

Co-Founder


Tyler is a co-founder of The Circle Dynamics Group and has been actively facilitating circles and training others for 8 years.

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A high school teacher

"​I took off my 'teacher hat' and just started being myself, relating to my students."

 

Contact us to learn more about our training for your school or district.

Phone: (928) 224-2809

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