What is this strategy?
When it’s time for children to share their own thoughts, use a ball to designate whose turn it is for talking. Children pass the ball to one another, and only the student with the ball is permitted to talk. The ball helps children learn to be respectful of their fellow classmates and to control when they may talk and when they need to listen to someone else.
When is this strategy appropriate?
It’s possible to use this strategy anytime (especially when many children are willing to speak and participate). It can be done inside a classroom or as an outside activity in the school yard.
Why is this strategy important?
It helps build respect and teaches children to remember to not talk at the same time as others.