Talking Stick

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This is a great technique to use with small group discussions. Thank you to Dr. Merwin who introduced this to us in EDD702.

You select a topic for discussion, only the person with the stick is allowed to talk. Once they are done, they pass the stick to the next person in the group. Remember, only the one who is holding the stick is allowed to speak. This encourages active listening and helps control discussion. If someone doesn’t have anything to say when they get the stick, they just pass it on to the next person. The stick continues to be passed until it goes around and no one has anything else to add.

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