A Penny for Your Thoughts and Put Your Two Cents in Discussion Protocols

A Penny for Your Thoughts Discussion Protocol

A Penny for Your Thoughts Discussion Protocol provides a structure that ensures that all participants in a discussion have a voice. It works well with groups of 4-6 participants and is particularly helpful if you have some people who tend to dominate in group discussions. Below are directions for A Penny for Your Thoughts that are adapted from the Literacy Facilitators' Guide:
  1. Provide three pennies to each participant. If you forget your pennies, tokens or slips of paper, will work just as well.
  2. Share the topic or prompt with participants. Provide the group with a few minutes to individually record thoughts about the topic or prompt.
  3. Group Discussion. You may want to place a time limit on the response for each coin(e.g., 1minute per coin).
  4. Participants respond to the topic/prompt. Each time a participant contributes to the discussion, s/he must place one of his/her pennies in the center of the table. NOTE: Participants can only contribute if they have a penny to surrender.Once all participants run out of pennies you can divide up the pennies and start over.
  5. Debrief the Penny for Your Thoughts Protocol:
    • How did the protocol help support equity in the group?
    • How did the protocol help your discussion about the topic or prompt?

Put Your Two Cents In Discussion Protocol

A variation on A Penny for Your Thoughts is the Put Your Two Cents In Discussion Protocol. The goal is to share, question, and support opinions. Below are directions from Protocols for Culturally Responsive Learning and Increased Student Engagement:
Each
 student 
has 
two pennies or 
tokens 
to 
use 
as 
talking 
pieces.
 In 
groups 
of 
four, 
each
 student 
takes 
a 
turn 
by 
putting 
one 
token 
in the 
center 
of 
the 
table 
and 
sharing 
his/her 
idea. 
Once 
everyone 
has 
shared 
once,
 each 
student 
then 
puts 
one 
more token 
in 
at 
a 
time 
and 
responds
 to 
what 
someone 
else 
in 
the 
group 
has 
shared, 
i.e., 
“I 
agree 
with 
 because…”,
or
“I don’t 
agree 
with 
__
 because…”,
etc.