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
14 reviews
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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

24/7 course access


IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

- 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 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

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


This course contributes to 2.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

There are no occurrences of 2. 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

4.6

Latest Reviews

Please note the feedback listed here is unfiltered, and includes all comments and ratings collected.

Use Discussion Circles in the Secondary Classroom - Cool Australia
08/10/2020

This course should be attended by all teachers as it is important to have a good understanding of the role of a facilitator and how to run a discussion circle effectively in the classroom.

Use Discussion Circles in the Secondary Classroom - Cool Australia
08/10/2020

Very relevant for me as EDBD teacher as getting students to contribute appropriately can be a challenge

Use Discussion Circles in the Secondary Classroom - Cool Australia
08/10/2020

Informative content and useful strategies

Use Discussion Circles in the Secondary Classroom - Cool Australia
08/10/2020

excellent

Use Discussion Circles in the Secondary Classroom - Cool Australia
08/10/2020

excellent and relevant fantastic, very useful tool

Use Discussion Circles in the Secondary Classroom - Cool Australia
08/10/2020

Enjoyed this course – reflected on the importance of facilitating group discussion to encourage deeper learning. Need to use more often in my classroom

Use Discussion Circles in the Secondary Classroom - Cool Australia
08/10/2020

It was very informative and there is a lot of reflection I need to do to make this work in my classroom. There is also utilisation of the information to make my class discussions better in class as well as my facilitation.

Use Discussion Circles in the Secondary Classroom - Cool Australia
08/10/2020

Top notch quality with complete relevance to my classroom. I will definitely be implementing this asap

Use Discussion Circles in the Secondary Classroom - Cool Australia
08/10/2020

The choice of media video clips successfully demonstrated the strategies to apply in the classroom environment. I have applied restorative practices is a school environment before. It is a time consuming process but worth it. The constraint has always been engaging 25-30 students in learning circles but the physical environment shown in one of the clips is something I will try.

Use Discussion Circles in the Secondary Classroom - Cool Australia
27/04/2020

Excellent

Use Discussion Circles in the Secondary Classroom - Cool Australia
27/04/2020

Excellent.

Use Discussion Circles in the Secondary Classroom - Cool Australia
27/04/2020

Some great ideas and strong links to useful resources – general capabilities, Most likely to succeed.
It would be great to have Australian classroom videos to see the practice in action.

Use Discussion Circles in the Secondary Classroom - Cool Australia
27/04/2020

Excellent

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.