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Circle Phases

Learning Circles take place over five phases which move from establishing the group to completion and reflection on a group product.  The phases can be of different length which will define the overall duration of the learning circle.  In most cases, learning circles are structured to last about 12-16 weeks.  It is possible to have a shorter 6 week circle or stretch the work at for a year.  The important issues is intensity of interaction and how this interacts with time.  A shorter session works fine if there is a high commitment of time, a longer session may better fit the working or learning schedule of some groups.  However, it is difficult to sustain interaction over long periods of inactivity.  It is often better to have a weekly meetings  over a shorter period of time then go for two weeks with little contact.