To ensure everyone gets to contribute on equal terms, and enable pupils to work in a democratic way.
Practice first using simple questions and situations so participants learn the method. For example: What do you like about summer? Things you can do with a sheet of A4 paper. What do you think is going to happen next in the book we are reading together?
- Divide the participants into groups of four, sitting in a circle so everyone can see one another. Each participant is given a number of markers, such as pieces of paper or stones.
- Pick a question to discuss. Explain that when a person wants to speak they must place one of their markers in the center of their circle. No-one may speak apart from the person who has just placed their marker in the center. One can only place a second marker in the center once everyone has spoken.
- Continue until everyone has used up all their markers or until time is up.