Talking piece – a stone, ornament or kush ball to signal the speaker.
10 minutes per dialogue prompt
An activity that fosters self-awareness by encouraging students to voice their emotions,personal insights and experiences.
Building self-awareness increases one’s ability to accurately recognize the influence that personal thoughts and emotions have on behavior. It helps students recognize who they are, when they are stressed or under pressure.The better your students understand themselves, the better able they are to accept or make change.
Gather the students in a circle and lead the class in five mindful breaths. Choose a question from the suggested list of prompts that you think will most spark your students’ curiosity. Either go around the circle and let each student respond, or pass the talking piece to students eager to share their personal insights. Once all the students have contributed, pass the talking piece around the circle once more, asking them to share what they learned from their peers. Note: You can keep track of which questions you’ve covered by placing a check mark in the box to the left of each dialogue prompt.
rethink: recognizing emotions
rethink: acting thoughtfully
rethink: perspective taking
rethink: generating compassion
rethink: accountability & consequences