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Talking Stick in the classroom

on June 6, 2013
  • IMG_2470.JPG Explain to students that people used a “talking stick” to make sure that each person had a turn to share his or her ideas and opinions with the rest of the group. The person holding the stick had the right to speak. Everyone else was expected to listen with respect. When a person finished talking, he or she passed the stick to someone else.
  • Have students sit in a circle and give the stick to a student who is comfortable speaking to a group. Ask that student to share something with the class. You might specify a topic or let students choose their own. When the first student finishes sharing, he or she passes the stick to the student on the right. Tell students that anyone who doesn’t want to speak can simply pass the stick to the next person. Students should continue passing the stick until each person has had a chance to speak. You might want students to pass the stick more than once so some of the shyer students have a second chance to share their thoughts, but don’t insist that a student talk if he or she doesn’t want to.
  • You can use this activity in a variety of situations, including conflicts between two students who have trouble listening to each other’s point of view.

4 responses to “Talking Stick in the classroom

  1. I like this idea of the “Talking Stick”. A couple of my prof’s have used this for our classes when we have large group discussion’s happening in the room. I think it would be a great tool to use with children in the classroom, especially when there is conflict happening between them….never even thought to use it that way! I think it would help children to respect and listen to each other when both parties need to be heard to resolve a problem. Thanks for posting!

  2. brettenyoung says:

    During one field experience, I was teaching grade 5/6s. We were looking at First Nation poetry in ELA. I made me own Talking Stick and brought it to class. The students were very interested so I decided to try out some cross curricular learnings. While we read poetry in ELA, the person who read used the talking stick. In art class, each student made their own Talking Stick. In health, we did a talking circle on bullying and we used our talking sticks-substituting each student’s talking stick in and out. The kids loved doing this and my co-op was very happy. I would definitely do another talking circle and create another talking stick! Thanks for reminding me about this!

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