Real collaboration starts with recognizing that everyone owns a piece of the truth, one stripe on the beach ball, and that no one owns the entire truth. No one can see everything, be everywhere. When you picture your classroom as a beach ball, you give you and your students a framework for creating a learning environment that is alive and collaborative, in which heads and hearts are fully engaged as multiple perspectives are explored and learning is provoked for everyone, including you.
When you engage your students in beach ball conversations, they learn there is more than one right way to solve a problem or see a situation, and ultimately, that there is more to than one right way to live a life. They learn to value and honor differing views, rather than to become argumentative or judgmental. When you engage students in conversations in which multiple perspectives are welcome, they learn it's not a matter of right or wrong, yes or no. It's a matter of 'and.'
The beach ball model provides a structure in which everyone's learning is provoked, leading to deeper insights and learning about the topic at hand. Even with a controversial topic, the conversation doesn't disintegrate into an argument about who's right and who's wrong. Together you come up with ideas and solutions no single one of you could have come up with alone. And in the process, students understand that getting it right, together, is more important than being right.
This bundle includes three introductory activities to Fierce Conversations, as well as three activities and three worksheets that take roughly 20 minutes each to complete.