During our first couple weeks of school, we learned about the Native North Americans in History. In Life Skills Class, we are building interpersonal and communication skills. We used the "Sacred Circle" to help keep the communication serious and safe for students and adults.
We discussed the history and the purpose of the "Talking Stick" in Native North American society. The "Talking Stick" adds to the environment that we want in the "Sacred Circle". Our Art Teacher helped collect the material and assisted the students with creatimg the "Talking Sticks". We rotate students "Talking Sticks" when we meet for the "Sacred Circle" time.
The "Talking Stick" linked what we were learning in History and Life Skills and has helped students connect with the past as well as participate in serious and respectful community dialogue.
SSP, Middle School Teacher