Use Discussion Circles in the Secondary Classroom

Cool Australia
Educating for a Sustainable future
Learn how to actively involve students in discussions that allow them to express personal views and reflect on learning.
Target Audience
Secondary Teachers
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Learning Areas

General Description

This course will help you facilitate class discussion circles, where students are more actively involved and can safely explore their personal, social and cultural views. You will discover how to switch from a teacher who gives direct instructions to a facilitator who lets their students lead their learning.

From an experienced facilitator, you’ll learn:
- The basics of facilitation.
- How to set up a discussion circle for any group of students.
- How to use tools like group agreements and open-ended questions.
- How to provide a safe space for students to listen and share their views.

Audience

Secondary Teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Course Access - This course is available 24/7. Begin the course when it suits you. After completing the course you will still have ongoing access to review content.

Important information for schools with" TTA School Membership" or "Unlimited Online School Subscription" Please ignore the listed prices. The correct discounts will be applied to all enrolments. Make sure to select your school to pay for you.

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Money Back Guarantee - If you complete less than 25% of an online course and aren’t impressed, simply visit tta.edu/go/refund to let us know what happened, and we will cancel your enrolment and provide a full refund.

Teaching Standards

1.5.2 Proficient Level – Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities
3.3.2 Proficient Level – Use teaching strategies
3.5.2 Proficient Level – Use effective classroom communication

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Accreditation

Completing this course will contribute 2 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.5.2, 3.3.2 & 3.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


This course contributes to 2.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

There are no occurrences of Online in Australia (ACT) at this time.

Sessions

Introduction

5 minutes

Get started with your online professional development

Facilitation and Discussion Circles

35 minutes

Discover what facilitation means and how circles work.

Two Important Parts

35 minutes

Learn about two important parts of facilitation.

Facilitation Tools

35 minutes

Find out what strategies you can use to be a facilitator

Reflection

10 minutes

Reflect on your course learning and next steps

User Rating

4.0

Latest Reviews

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Use Discussion Circles in the Secondary Classroom - Cool Australia
22/12/2018

Relevant and helpful. Something I can implement immediately in my classroom.


About the team


Cool Australia

Creator

Cool Australia is an award winning not-for-profit dedicated to supporting educators with tools to foster ‘learning for life’. We help integrate topics around sustainability, ethics, economics and wellbeing across the curriculum. This enables teachers of all age groups and disciplines to engage young Aussies in real-life learning whilst achieving Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework outcomes. Our accredited professional development is designed to build your confidence, understanding and expertise. You will learn through a mixture of practical and thinking activities as well as hearing the stories of others. Plus you will access a range of teaching tools that can you can use straight away in your teaching.