Engage in Partner Talk
Collaborative Group Work: Students work collaboratively to discuss problems and ideas in context, to solve problems together, and to complete projects or assessments with a deliberate protocol that establishes norms for student interaction.
Collaborative Group Work: Students work collaboratively to discuss problems and ideas in context, to solve problems together, and to complete projects or assessments with a deliberate protocol that establishes norms for student interaction.

Stand Up, Pair Up: Based on Answers

Michelle's students determine which supermarket is offering the better deal for bananas. Once students complete the problem, Michelle asks the students to stand up and pair up with a partner that has a different answer.

About This Strategy
prep time:
Short
Grade Level: Sixth grade
Teaching Challenge: Engage in Partner Talk
Michelle Schade
Indian Trail Middle
Plainfield, IL
Strategy Implementation Questions
Questions to think about when implementing the strategy
  • How could you use movement to help students engage in more effective partner talk?
  • How could you modify this strategy to meet the needs of your students?
Lesson Notes

The students are going to complete the following problem: In this week’s ad, Tony’s Finer foods advertises bananas on sale for 5 lbs for $4.45. Jewel has them on sale for $.95/pound. Which store has the better deal? This problem will reactivate prior knowledge. The students will be required to use a model to support their answer (SMP 4). If students finish early, they can explain their solution in words. This can also be used as a formative assessment.

About This Strategy
prep time:
Short
Grade Level: Sixth grade
Teaching Challenge: Engage in Partner Talk
Michelle Schade
Indian Trail Middle
Plainfield, IL
Artifacts
Students In Action
Lesson File:Classroom Video: Trust and Respect
In this video, Michelle explains Stand Up and Pair Up by Question strategy. This video also contains a clip of students engaging in the strategy and Michelle providing feedback.
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