Silent Debate Protocol Purpose: Use the Silent Debate Protocol when you want students to seriously consider each other’s ideas in order to expand their thinking. Process: 1. The facilitator sets up a premise, statement or question on a large chart paper page. You can use the same premise for each group or change them. 2. Each student in the group should have a different colored pen to help ensure that each student is participating, and no one student is dominating. 3. Model interaction of students as they share and comment on each other’s ideas. For example, they can show their ideas are linked to others with connecting lines, they can question the ideas or ask for clarification with a giant question mark, they can agree with each other using a check mark, and disagree with each other by putting an “x” next to the statement they disagree with. 4. Groups should be given 5-7 minutes to respond to the premise. 5. There is to be no talking. 6. Once the silent debates are complete, post the charts around the room and have other groups view and respond to what they see. 7. Have the students create an outline or essay, or do a five-minute quick write to express what they have learned.