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Quality Circle Time (QCT) - a group ‘Listening System’

Author: Virender Singh

(An educationist and master trainer, Virender Singh is the Academic Head with Swami Vivekanand Public School, Jagadhri. He is a trained Jolly Phonics trainer & has rich experience in corporate trainings, teaching learning processes, teacher training & capacity building, pedagogical review/development, strategic planning and implementation of educational projects at Corporates, NGOs and School level. 

 

Virender has worked at the field level identifying the needs and problem of children in education and normal schooling. He has done training programs & workshops for school principals, school leaders and educators at national levels & international schools.)


What is Quality Circle Time?

 

Circle formation or arrangement represents unity, peace and harmony. Everyone has a perfect and clear view of everybody else in this arrangement. Murray White was the first to publish a book on Circle Time. His Magic Circles raised the profile and popularity of circle time during the 90s. Then Jenny Mosley did much to popularise its use. 

 

Swami Vivekanand Public School, the best CBSE school in Yamunanagar, QCT provides the perfect group listening system for building up children’s self-esteem, encouraging values, enhancing team spirit and developing social skills.  It contributes in creating an organized and united group within the classroom that is able to share common aims and values. Sitting in a circle, as everyone can see each other, results in good eye contact which is a sign of openness and honesty. In Swami Vivekanand Public School, during Circle Time, children are brought together in an intentionally planned way to practice activities as part of a group. 



Why QCT in the top CBSE school of Yamunanagar?

 

Swami Vivekanand Public School, the top CBSE school of Yamunanagar, starts the day for students with Quality Circle Time. As a leading school of Haryana, we have witnessed that QCT:

 

  • Helps to develop social skills & improves self-esteem amongst children

 

  • Develops more positive relationships with one another and brings in a feeling of emotional safety and a sense of belonging in the classroom.

 

  • Helps children practice self-regulations by taking turns listening and speaking and also learn skills of positive communication.

 

  • Gives the child a space to express their thoughts and feelings without judgement.

 

  • Facilitates development in all the domains

 

QCT being one of the best practices of the best school of the district, we have observed that;

  • Sitting in a circle promotes the impression of equal responsibility.

 

  • QCT allows children to have a sense of belonging to a group they can trust.

 

  • The activities motivate children to share their thoughts and feelings.

 

  • It commences collective responsibility for the encouragement of self-esteem and positive behavior.

 

  • It sets up an opportunity where children can help one another.

 

  • QCT supports self-discipline, as each child can identify his/her problem are and rectify it with the help and support of other children.



As educators of best CBSE school what we do?

 

During QCT, educators in this best sports school of Yamunanagar keep in mind to; 

 

  • Talk softly, slowly and clearly to calm the children.

 

  • Accept suggestions and opinions with respect.

 

  • Avoid interrupting when a child is talking.

 

  • Have the ability to listen well and be honest with your own feelings and thoughts.

 

  • Maintain a good eye contact showing warmth and empathy.

 

  • Conclude with a recap of what the children have said so that the children know and understand that you empathize with them.

 

  • Be flexible! Have fun! Stay positive!



Areas we can cover during QCT

 

One of the best schools of Haryana, we plan the QCT to cover diverse topics. Some areas we touch during the QCT are;

 

  1. QCT is a time to plan for the day’s activities and reflect on what has already been done. 

 

  1. We use circle time to discuss and plan about the upcoming field trip or recount events that occurred on the playground 

 

  1. Scientific thinking happens when you encourage children to make observations about weather, plants and animals before or after a nature walk

 

  1. During circle time children experience important social values & life skills, as they learn how to take turns when talking, respect the rights of others and understand the need for rules

 

  1. We talk about their families or the community in QCT

 

  1. Mathematical thinking starts when they count or thread beads, pass or roll a ball etc.

 

  1. Language is developing all the time

 

  1. Break or lunchtime problems can be sorted out as well

 

  1. QCT is also a great time to introduce a group problem – discussing and solving problems that have occurred during outdoor play

 

  1. Drama or role play is a significant part of QCT as it can be creative, imaginative, spontaneous, non-verbal, communicative, fun and reflection

 

  1. Team building, social skills, sharing problems, building self-esteem, moral values, building relationship, responsibility for others and empathy are some qualities we develop in children during QCT. 



As educators what must you remember

 

Daily Routine: when something so fun and creative becomes a routine, children love it. So, start the day with Quality Circle Time with the children. Even the shiest children open up when this is done as a routine daily.

 

Fun Element: Add fun into your Circle Time. Use energizers and icebreakers. Make a class puppet. Let children name the puppet. Let them hold the puppet when they have something to say, and pass it around so children open up.

 

Interactive: Ensure every child is given an opportunity to share and express themselves. Using strategies like “name sticks” ensures equal participation.

 

Present the topic or initiate discussions: use QCT to introduce new topics for the day’s lessons or discuss a problem. This would be a perfect way to bring in brainstorming practices and conversations.

 

Become the Circle: Not inside or outside. When the children see that you, the teacher, is a part of them in the circle, it opens up their mind. They slowly let go of inhibitions and are more
participative.



In a nutshell, an effective Circle Time is a child’s safe haven. It will provide a spark in imaginations, and a place to reflect what has been learned. Most of all, circle time makes learning fun and inviting. Quality Circle Time is a time and place where children feel safe to Express themselves, Explore, Learn, and Grow in a caring community.