Knowledge Building Circle


A circular seated configuration of learners as they engage in a ‘knowledge building discourse’
A circle is used as an intentional physical configuration that is conducive to knowledge building. A KBC involves respectful dialogue in which students share ideas, negotiate topics and work together to evolve the group learning. The principle “all ideas can be improved” is central to a knowledge building circle. The teacher acts as a facilitator, allowing the students to drive the conversation, but getting involved to ask for clarification, pose thought-provoking questions, observe for appropriate participation. (Kozak & Elliott, p. 91)

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