4 great sentence-starters for honest discussion
What an inspiration!
Seeing about 25 Grade 2 & 3 children (aged 7 - 9) deeply engaged in thinking and talking about big philosophical ideas for over an hour. One child at a time sharing deep thoughts, carefully listening to each other and asking each other questions. The teacher was almost out of the scene as an observer like us.
This was an observation session I attended after presenting my own work for Campfire at the recent VAPS conference. What a treat it was! How priceless to hear such young minds at work, respectfully engaging with each other, teasing out big ideas.
One boy shared his thoughts, “building on Laura’s idea, I think that…”
Later, the conversation turned in a new direction when another child asked, “Reuben, what makes you say that?”
There’s a lot that can be said about how the skilled teacher so successfully ran this community of enquiry, but at its core there were clearly some well-established tools and techniques for good listening and thinking skills.
These four sentence-starters were up on the wall as a handy reminder:
- I agree because…
- I disagree because…
- What makes you say that?
- Building on that idea I think…
These are surely sentence-starters we could all do with applying a little more in our adult lives with whoever we’re engaging with!
Campfire is about promoting honest discussion and sharing life’s insights.