T & L activity of the week – Consensus Circle

This is a useful student-led questioning strategy that requires students to discuss and refine their understanding of a concept, problem or topic in order to reach a judgement. Consensus may be used in preparation for work on a exam question or extended writing.

  • Give groups of students a piece of flipchart paper with a large circle in the middle;;
  • Pose the big question to the class and each student individually writes their own thoughts outside the circle;
  • Students discuss their thoughts and whenever agreement is reached the idea is written in the circle;
  • Contradictory statements or complex evidence can be provided for more able students and definitions and scaffolding for less able students;
  • Students share their consensus thoughts with other groups of students.

concensus circle

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