How do you make sure that your pupils stay on task in their discussion?

Teacher’s at Voice 21 suggest building in an outcome for the talk e.g. make a decision, reach a consensus, perform a task as an end point to the discussion.

The picture below shows a consensus circle – all ideas are recorded outside the circle and then discussed. Only those that you all agree on go inside the circle for your final agreement. You can put a limit on the number e.g. 5 top ideas.

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