Discussion Checklist—Middle School


Date Observed




Student enjoys discussions.



Student thinks deeply about others’ comments.



Student listens to all ideas with an open mind.



Student communicates engagement with appropriate body language.






Student contributes an appropriate amount of personal experiences and opinions.



Student enhances and builds on others’ comments.



Student asks clarification or elaboration questions of classmates.



Student summarizes and paraphrases others’ comments.



Student supports opinions with good reasoning and credible information.






Student enthusiastically contributes to discussion without monopolizing.



Student encourages classmates to participate.



Student responds respectfully to opposing opinions.



Student considers criticism of own ideas respectfully.



Student changes mind when persuaded of a different point of view.



Student follows class discussion rules.



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