Hi I'm really interested in using talking partners a lot more next year. I teach Year 6 and used them last year and the children liked it, however they simply talked to the person next to them. I love the idea of changing talking partners regularly and have read a good idea for choosing them using lollysticks on the 'what works well in school' thread. How often do you change talking partners? Also I love the idea that changing partners regularly and choosing randomly means that you will get mixed ability partners; but what I was wondering was how do you then organise your differentiation in the 'activity' part of the lesson? I tend to differentiate 3 or 4 ways. Would you have children sitting with their talking partners at a desk with whiteboards in front of them for notes for the beginning of the lesson, then maybe go to their differentiated groups for the activity? Would be interested to hear what other people do.