This is a great tool to help keep partner discussion focused and it hold them accountable to listening to their partner. Students are given a topic or question. (I have used this to discuss a question about a book we read, what was most important about a topic in science we were studying, how to solve a math problem, etc.).
The students write their own thinking first. Then they discuss the question or topic with their partner and write down their partner's thinking. Students must then work together to determine what information they want to share with the teacher or a larger group.
This simple tool really makes a difference in the conversations held by the students. It requires them to summarize their partner's thinking and then work together to determine what is most important to share.
To use this document, click in the box and insert your topic or question. Then print them off and distribute. You can also print them out blank and students can write the question or topic in the box. Use however best suits you and your students!