Talking Chips (classroom)

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Facilitating Talking Chips active learning activities in a classroom.

Time and Effort

Instructor Prep TimeLow
Student Activity TimeLow
Instructor Response TimeLow
Complexity of ActivityLow

Description

Talking Chips have students participate in a group discussion, surrendering a token each time they speak. The purpose of this activity is to ensure equitable participation within groups by regulating how often each group member is allowed to speak.

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Use it when you want...

  • To emphasize the importance of full and even participation within a group,
  • To help students discuss controversial issues, to encourage quiet students to participate, or
  • To solve communication and process problems, such as dominating or clashing group members.

What students will need

  • Some kind of token or object like poker chips or paperclips.

Workflow

The following workflow is meant as guidance for how you can facilitate a Talking Chips learning activity within a classroom.

Pre-Class

  • Determine a question or problem for group discussion.
  • Identify the kind of tokens to be used in the activity.

In-Class

  • Form student groups. 
  • Give each student four or five tokens that will serve as permission to share, contribute, or debate in the conversation.
  • Ask students to participate equally in the group discussion, specifying that as they contribute comments, they will get an X placed next to their name by the scorekeeper.
  • When all students have contributed to the discussion and everyone has five Xs next to their name, the activity is done.

Post-Class

  • Review the outcomes of the activity.

Accessibility and Room Considerations

Technical Documentation

Citation/Source

Barkley, Elizabeth F. et al. Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook For College Faculty. Wiley, 2014. pp. 170-174.

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Keywords:talking chips, discussions, active learning   Doc ID:104154
Owner:Timmo D.Group:Center for Teaching, Learning & Mentoring
Created:2020-07-20 10:15 CSTUpdated:2021-08-20 13:05 CST
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