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Strategy 3: Facilitating with Tools

If your subject matter involves examining or discussing racial, political, religious or other sensitive issues utilize and help students implement facilitation tools such as:

  • Discussion norms or guidelines – can be co-created and implemented by students and faculty
  • Dialog protocols and structures – “round robin” and “talking stick” protocols give equal opportunity for students to talk and respond to others and ideas
  • Quick writes – allows individuals to process their thinking before speaking
  • The “Five-minute Rule” – structure for making marginalized perspectives visible
  • The “Fishbowl”– structured whole class discussion for complex issues

Difficult Dialogues Resources and References Tools