I've been trying to get small group discussions to work. For example: giving kids 2-3 questions to discuss with each other in groups of 3-4. Even the quick "turn to your partner and explain this" strategy doesn't work well for me. Kids just sit there. The higher-level students will participate. The others won't say anything to anyone unless I stand right behind them and wait for them to talk. How do I get all students participating and talking? If I give them a writing task with it, they don't discuss it and just write down the answers independently.