Elbow to elbow partner talk

DSCN2085One of the features of 21st century classrooms that teachers are being encouraged to create is collaborative classrooms where students feel comfortable to share ideas and provide each other with feedback. Elbow to elbow partner talk is a great practice which encourages students to share their thinking or offer feedback in a small group situation. Last week I used this technique to allow students to share their writing with a partner and then offer ideas to make their partner’s work even better. The results from this five minute talk time were amazing. Most students added something else to their writing and a less able student with a blank page was able to complete the writing task with his very supportive partner’s assistance. A win -win for me, the teacher, and for the quality of the student work that was completed.