CHARACTER EDUCATION ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
SHARING THE CONVERSATION
People play different roles within a group.
Students will increase their ability to take turns speaking in a discussion group, and practice listening to others in the group.
An old tennis ball or a larger ball with a face painted on it, preferably in indelible ink.
Use with any class discussion.
Students not only learn to take turns with this technique, they also learn to participate in a discussion without a teacher's direction.
This technique can be used in any class discussion or in small group0 discussion. When the small group discussions are held simultaneously, give each group a "conversation ball."
Introduce the "conversation ball." Tell the students that when the discussion starts, only the person holding the ball is allowing to speak. When that person is finished he/she may pass it to someone else who has his/her hand raised. The object of the game is to ensure that everyone who wants to speak gets a chance to do so.
Practice the technique by using a topic of your choice, or select one of the following topics: