5 Best Pins for Organizing Partner Discussions in Middle School

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In my neck of the woods, we use the Marzano evaluation system to evaluate teachers.  Part of the system requires teachers to complete a Deliberate Practice Plan.

This year I have chosen "Organizing students for learning" with some strong encouragement from my administrator.  :)

To start this plan, I realized that I needed to understand this element better.  So, I bought the book and then I began with the first strategy - partner talk.

First, I need to set expectations:

Active Listening Expectations are just one piece of Preparing for Partner Discussions!

Then, I might need a fun activity like this one to demonstrate the power of our discussions:


Moving forward, I think my students might need some "starters" to help them elaborate on the content:

This rubric may not suit me perfectly, but it would definitely be important for students to have one:

Last, but not least, this kit looks like it might just have all the things I might need to make for my partners:

What do you do to organize students for partner discussions? Join in the conversation by leaving a comment below!

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  1. The ball of yarn activity gets all the kids talking one at a time. Love it.
    Once a Teacher, Always a Teacher

  2. Thanks for sharing! I try to get my students talking regularly, but I feel like ORGANIZING their talk is something I could improve at. Thanks for all of the great ideas.
    Laughter and Consistency

  3. Great student conversation does make a big difference in the classroom. I've been using some talking stems this year, which have helped more kids to formulate what they want to say. Thanks for linking up!

    Forever in Fifth Grade


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