Talking Chips

Type of strategy: Brainstorming and DiscussionGroup Management

Use with small groups to ensure all members participate in a discussion.


  1. Give each participant a chip (e.g. index card, poker chip, pencil, etc.).
  2. Tell participants that when they wish to speak they are to place their chip in the center of the table. That person may not speak again until all the chips are in the center of the table.
  3. When all chips are in the center of the table then each participant may speak again, this time removing a chip when they speak.
  4. The process continues as long as time allows.

Submitted by: Jennifer Arns


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Vanessa Clark

I saw another variation of this strategy in an EduTopia article that uses pennies. Give each student the same number of pennies, they have to wait until everyone in the group has used all their pennies before they can collect them and contribute to the discussion again.