Talking Stick

Use a tangible object like a stick, a flower, a ball, or something important to the group to facilitate civil discussions and collaborative activities. Three rules are: 1) only the person with the item speaks, 2) all others focus on the person with the item in hand, and 3) anyone has the right to pass. Those without the item are expected to actively listen. This activity places value on student voice and builds civil relationships. Works well with all ages at home and in school. Sample opening question could be: “What do you think is the biggest issue facing your generation right now?” (See also: Active Listening)