Integrative and Experiential Learning Session - Circle Pedagogies: Indigenous Pedagogy in the classroom (CTE7700)

Thursday, November 3, 2022 9:30 am - 11:00 am EDT

Location: In-person (MC 2036)

Facilitator: Katherine Lithgow (CTE) and Leslie Wexler (CTE)


Circle Pedagogies: Indigenous Pedagogy in the classroom 

Learning circles or sharing circles are a foundational approach to indigenous pedagogy-in-action since they provide a model of an educational activity that encourages classroom dialogue, respect, and the co-creation of learning content.  

Approaching an indigenous circle, one is made immediately aware that circle is seen as respectful approach to talking with others and provides participants a sense of communion and presence that is not often common in many methods of communicating within the classroom. Most notably, every person will have a turn to speak. In those moments, the attention that attends hearing voices one at a time becomes active and experiential learning. The listener, awaiting their turn has time to contemplate their response as a delayed response that might listen to other viewpoints before speaking. The listening itself becomes a rich source of information, identity, and interconnection in the learning experience for the students and the educator.  

In this immersive experience four panelists will come together in circle to open that discussion. The method of the circle will be discussed in full and then 3-5 questions will be provided for circle to center the initial discussion and thinking we would like to do together. As circle proceeds the select panelists in their turns will share from their personal experiences. At the close of circle, selected resources on circles and their practices shall be shared as a gift to all participants. This circle is capped at 10 registrants.

Circle participants include:

  • Jennifer Ball – Circle Trainer and Facilitator
  • Kevin Carey - Communications Arts
  • Katherine Lithgow- Senior Educational Developer, Integrative and Experiential Learning
  • Steffanie Scott - Geography and Environmental Management 
  • Matthew Morales - Master of Peace and Conflicts Study
  • Leslie Wexler – Senior Educational Developer, Indigenous Knowledges


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