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Reaching Group Consensus

This modelling the tools is incorporated into critical challenges at grade 11, however, it can be adapted for use at all grade levels.



These activities help students learn to reach consensus in a large group setting by engaging in a mock summit conference on a controversial issue. Students first learn about the theme of the summit, are assigned a region or interest group to represent and introduced to the idea of consensus and strategies for bringing about consensus. Students learn about the proposed agenda for the summit and develop a profile of their delegation’s interests and concerns. Next, students engage in two rounds of drafting proposals, debate and negotiation aimed at reaching consensus on a set of resolutions. Finally, students debrief what they have learned about the issues raised at the summit and about the challenges of consensus building.



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