Students were engaged in the conversion of their notes to interpretive questions. It was helpful to discuss with a partner and work together by brainstorming ideas. As evident in Student Discussions and Post-It Notes Student Samples, this pair share method resulted in some deep questions that would be more difficult to create on their own. Feedback from a partner seems to help students create quality questions.
Students remained engaged in their conversations with their partner because I used a Partner Rubric for students to self-assess and assess their partner's performance. Students use the rubric as a guideline on the qualities of a good partnership. Students realize that they have the responsibility to meet those qualifications of a good partner if they expect their partner to meet them as well. The rubric kept students working together with fidelity to their partnership.