Talking Stick

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  1. ku_alum

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    I am going to do a weekly Circle-Up activity to practice our speaking and listening outcomes (and to address some of our character ed outcomes).

    I want to use a talking stick ... i.e. a student can speak only if he is holding the talking stick.

    But, I don't want to use a stick. I can think of 1 or 2 students who would turn it into a poking stick or a hitting stick. :) Yep, I teach HS. Not violent, just pestering a buddy or whatever.

    I want something that is easy to clean since it will be passed around to many hands. Something big enough that it is obvious who has the stick (not something they hide in their hand by holding it).

    I've thought about a wadded up paper ball ... easy to toss at the end of the day ... but that doesn't seem very special.

    Ideas?
     
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    I've seen it done with a tennis ball, which might lead to other problems (it rolling away or hitting someone in the face). Maybe a beach ball.
     
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    Good ideas. Keep 'em coming.
     
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    Bean bag
    Nerf ball
    Silk flower on long stem
    Wand from dollar store
    Stuffed animal
     
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    How about one of those little international-orange cones that gets used in youth-soccer practice? Or maybe a homemade megaphone: you could cut the bottom out of a soft-drink cup, papier-mache it and include a handle, then decorate it either with school colors or with designs appropriate to the content.
     
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    I have some inflatable microphones that came from party city. My own kids love singing and talking into them and they are soft and easy to clean when inflated.
     
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    This!

    We used a stuffed clownfish last year...bc it went with my clasroom theme. But its hs so i love the megaphone and microphone idea...i have a couple old microphones from video games. It would be kind of cool to cut the cord off and use that if you had it laying around like me. :p

    Stuffed animal of school mascot?
     
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    I like the megaphone idea, too. I made one from laminated construction paper a long time ago. I still use it and it really works to project my voice.

    Of course, in the hands of students, it may not last long, but it's cheap and easy to make new ones. Easy to clean with a wet wipe, too.
     
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    I use a small plush basketball, about the size of a softball. With a UConn husky on it, of course!
     
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    I have found that facilitating the students' conversation myself works better than using a talking stick. I've had training in this skill though, so if you have not, you may want to consider seeking out opportunities for training in this area. In my experience, the person holding the stick considers it free reign to talk as long as they like, give it to only their friends, and some people never get a chance to talk. Some will break the rule of talking when they do not have the stick, then you have to deal with that. Also, if YOU do not have the talking stick, you are not allowed to speak either, even if something comes up. Facilitating them myself has reduced a lot of these issues.
     
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    I use Zippy-my university's mascot. Sometimes we use Brutus too (Ohio State's mascot). It's a lot of fun.

    I set rules and will intervene. I will sometimes tell kids things like "you have to give Zippy to someone who hasn't participated". I'll also cut them off too if needed.
     
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    I use a stuffed animal. We do circles and the talking piece goes in order. As far as people not speaking when they don't have the talking piece, I am probably the worst offender. Another thing for me to work on this year.
     
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    I used a small Beanie-Baby like dog, with magnets in his feet. He lived on the white board when we weren't using him. And, if the kids (junior high) got to fiddling with him too much while talking, they could stick him on the side of the desk while talking, then pass him on.
     
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    I use a stuffed alligator. Just throw it in the wash if it gets a little icky.
     

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