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Old 08-20-2006, 09:46 PM
 
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I came across this idea in Family Fun magazine and I decided to try it this year with my students.

I created a Native American Talking Stick. I used a dowel and wrapped different colored suede laces around it. I attached rabbit fur, feathers, and beads. I printed out some info on the talking stick from the internet.

Here's how it works: Students sit in a circle. The talking stick is passed around. You are only allowed to talk if you are holding the stick. Everyone else must remain silent and respectful.

I plan on explaining the origin and meaning of the talking stick.

I thought that maybe by using this mystical, magical tool from the Native peoples, my students would learn how to be better listeners.

If someone has a question/ response to the speaker, they hold up an Answering Feather.

I'll let you know how this works out.

Any other tricks of the trade for getting students to behave?


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I have seen this method used in several different classrooms. During my internship, the teacher used a feather rather than a stick. It works for all ages as well. I think your students will love it!
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I have heard of this done with a rock.
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I like it!
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That sounds like an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing it! I think I'm going to try it when my kids come back to school next week. Are there any children's literature books that go along with it?
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I typed talking stick into Google and got a few hits about the origin and symbolism.


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Old 08-22-2006, 08:45 PM
 
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That sounds like the Lord of the Flies "conch shell"! When my friends and I had to read that in high school we would jokingly say, "I have the conch shell now, it's my turn to talk!"
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Peace Table
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The concept is similar to the Peace Table. Some Peace Tables use a rock, others use a baton, or something else. This type of conflict resolution is common in Montessori method schools. A stone with the word Peace written on it is common.

Peace Education
It is said that education is the best weapon for peace on earth. We teach children to problem solve, practice peaceful conflict resolution, and to express themselves appropriately. We instill respect for mankind and our mother earth. Every classroom is set up with a peace table where children are welcomed to explore alone or to discuss a particular incident with a classmate. http://www.aycma.com/extra_curricular.asp


http://www.songsforteaching.com/paul...peacetable.htm Song for teaching use of the Peace Table for conflict resolution.
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