- The first 10 minutes are spent as an introduction to outline the process. Students are reminded the purpose of a discussion is to come up with a better understanding of subject and then make a go or no go decision.
- The next 15 minutes are spent doing 5 chalk talks.
Important passages are highlighted for students to review.
Students are to read and comment - as well as meta-comment - on the brain boards provided. No talking - looking and writing.
3. The final 30 minutes are spent participating - through talk or listening - in a discussion of the topic.
- 6 for discussion
- 1 as facilitator to keep the flow going and bring back the discussion to the topic through prompts
- 1 as a book keeper, tracking the conversation by using a list of names and tallying do's (+) and don'ts (-)
- the" hot seat" is at the head of the table and is available for those who have important information to add at the moment (meta-commenting)
- the fact checker checks the accuracy of statements at request using the computer and sitting outside of the circle.
- The rest of the class sits outside of the circle and monitors the discussion (people are listening and formulating ideas) - joining in through the "hot seat" or tapping someone who has been in there for a while and swapping places.