Use Discussion Circles in the Primary Classroom

Cool Australia
Educating for a Sustainable future
Learn how to facilitate interesting class discussion circles, which help students lead their learning and find their voice.
Target Audience
Primary Teachers
2 reviews

Learning Areas

General Description

his 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.


Primary Teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

24/7 course access


- If you have a TTA subscription or membership please ignore the pricing when enrolling. Rest assured if your school has a subscription you will not be charged and for Memberships, your invoice will be adjusted accordingly to reflect your discount.

- If you have no subscription or membership but you are interested in placing a bulk discounted order for a team of teachers see the ONLINE TEAM tab above.

- For more details on our Unlimited Online Subscription packages Click here .

- Money-Back Guarantee – If you complete less than 25% of an online course and aren’t impressed, simply visit 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

This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit NESA website for more details.

This course contributes to 2.0 professional development hours.


  Start Date Location Availability Price    
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15 minutes

Get started with your online professional development.

Facilitation and Discussion Circles

30 minutes

Discover what facilitation means and how circles work.

Two Important Parts

30 minutes

Learn about two important parts of facilitation.

Facilitation Tools

30 minutes

Find out what strategies you can use to be a facilitator.


15 minutes

Reflect on your course learning and next steps.

User Rating


Latest Reviews

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Use Discussion Circles in the Primary Classroom - Cool Australia

It was easy to follow, apply and use.

Use Discussion Circles in the Primary Classroom - Cool Australia


About the team

Cool Australia


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.