I am in the process of finishing my final assignment for my PIDP course and came across a teaching technique in Student Engagement Techniques by Elizabeth F. Barkley called Circle of Voices. Now this is something I am very familiar as the Talking Circle.
The Circle of Voices activity focuses on students sitting in a circle, listening to others respectfully, absorbing the information, using all the information and applying to their own ideas. Each person takes a turn talking and does not talk or interrupt others.
The SET gives step-by-step instructions to follow, examples and variations and extensions. It is noted this is a variation used by Native Americans or in Canada First Nation people.
You will also find a link here on a teaching technique by Brookfield and Preskill (1999) around the Circle of Voices.
I use Talking Circles regularly when I work with students and staff. Having individuals sit in a circle is a great way to see everyone as the activity proceeds. It is also allows individuals to contribute to the discussion. Below I have attached protocol around the talking circle.
In my classroom the Talking Circle gives me the opportunity to hear each person as the talking stick is passed around and an opportunity to expand on the topic if needed on the next round.
I will be go more in depth at a later date – final assignment for my course.
I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all my on-line classmates and the wonderful blogs throughout this course. Sonja, Hong, Vrindavana, Keith and Eddies’ blogs inspired me to take a bigger leap into the blog world and explore. Hong’s blog, here on Kindness and Leading by Example resonated with me to be a good role model to students and in my community on a daily basis.
Barkley, E. (2010), Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, San Francisco, Jossey-Bass
Brookfield S. & Preskill S., (1999) Discussion as a Way of Teaching: Tools & Techniques for Democratic Classrooms, Jossey-Bass