Talking Circles/Fishbowl Discussions


To help students see their community as a place of significance, a place of positive change, and a place where their voices are heard. Talking Circles can be used as a platform for discussion of academic topics that are particularly challenging for students.


Students will be able to engage in higher level thinking through academic conversation.

Action Steps

  • Establish norms of the Talking Circle, such as utilizing a Talking Piece, which designates who is being invited to speak, as well as a Circle Keeper, a role that all students will have a turn at.
  • To create a Fishbowl: students seated inside the “fishbowl” actively participate, ask questions, share opinions, and respond to teacher questions while students standing outside listen carefully. The two groups switch roles afterwards.


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