Group work listening and speaking badges

In my class I like to use some whole brain teaching strategies (you can read more about that here). One of my favourite ways to gauge the students understanding is to have them discuss a specific point, or answer certain questions with their mat mate. This is a set person who they know to turn and sit "knees to knees" with. They then, in theory(!), take turns to be the speaker and listener. Easier said than done in Kindy where everyone either wants to talk, or no one has anything to say! To overcome this problem I have started using listening and speaking badges so that they know who should be doing what, and I can see at a glance too.

Print and laminate these badges, then add some string so they can be hung around the students neck.