PB & J Partners

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • April 10, 2018, 11:46 a.m.


When students discuss their thinking, they are able to help process new content and hear other perspectives. It is important to teach students how to have A-B conversations. Students know who should talk first and we need to make sure everyone gets air time, not just those who love to talk.

One fun way to partner up students is to put them into 'peanut butter/jelly' partners.

Start by saying 'Peanut Butter ask/tell Jelly....'

Then ask Jelly 'What did you just hear your partner say?'

'How is this similar to your own view?' or 'What does your partner believe/feel?'

By putting students into partnerships, it is easy to keep up with who started the conversation last and provide opportunities for all to share and listen. Make sure to always give students open ended questions to turn and talk about with their partners. Turn and talks need to be worthy of a real conversation, so that students can share their thinking and learn from each other.

Other fabulous pairings!

  • Mac & Cheese
  • Milk & Cookies
  • Meat & Potatoes
  • Eggs & Bacon
  • Lewis & Clark

Kelly Harmon and Randi Anderson

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