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Sustaining the Journey

Balance Participation

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September 13, 2016

A third meeting standard explained in Adaptive Schools is balancing participation. This does not mean everyone speaks equally, but rather there is equity of opportunity to contribute. Speaking is a means of engagement and keeps a participant feeling included and trusted. Mixing both small and large group time during a meeting allows for greater opportunity for contributions. The use of strategies that provide talk time can also assist in balancing participation. Some examples from Thinking Collaborative’s strategies include Stir the Classroom, Paired Verbal Fluency, and First Turn, Last Turn. For additional strategies, see the Adaptive Schools app.

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