A “Station Talk” aims at developing many ideas in a short time. Students initially decide on which of the subtopics they want to work and then as a group come up with first ideas. In the phases two and three, the students take the results of the previous group(s) and work on them – but always from the perspective of their initial subtopic. This makes them stakeholders of their initial subtopic. Finally, the group returns to its initial topic and sees the reactions of the other groups towards it. The results will be presented in the plenary.
Didactical description of the method
As a first step, the facilitator introduces the overall topic to the group. This could be ideas for a “reduction of the ecological footprint”. Secondly, students agree on three different subgroups and decide on which topic they want to work on. These subgroups could be “mobility”, “food” and “housing”.
After working for ten minutes on the topic, the groups move clockwise to the next board (the procedure has been illustrated in an attached document). While the students work on the topics, the facilitator has an eye on the time and tells them when to move on (10 min per topic). At the end of the three rounds, every group has returned to its initial work station and can see what comments have been made by the others. If some comments don’t make sense, an ambassador can be sent to the other group for clarification.
The results will be presented by each group in a final plenary session.
- Poster walls, posters, marker.
- You will find an illustrated version of the “Station Talk” in the file attached.