Students need to talk to each other to help form their opinions and understandings of a topic. Use the Think-Pair-Share teaching strategy to help students understand your subject content.
How Does This Think-Pair-Share Teaching Strategy Work?
- Pose a question or topic to students for them to think about individually. You might ask students to jot down a few ideas and responses to the given prompt or just to think about it in their heads.
- Have students pair up or join together in very small groups. No more than three in a group.
- Students then share their thoughts and ideas with their partner(s). This can be done completely as a verbal discussion or you might have students fill out some sort of sheet with their responses. Don’t give students excessive amounts of time – 2 to 3 minutes is usually more than enough. You can also have students work on a collaborative document like a Google Doc to complete the sharing portion.
- Continue the “share” portion of this activity by asking the small groups to share their ideas with the whole class.
How Do I Use This Think-Pair-Share Strategy?
- Think-Pair-Share is a great way for students to access and access their prior knowledge on a topic when beginning a unit.
- I also like to use Think-Pair-Share when I want to review thoughts and ideas from the previous class period or previous lesson.
- Another example of this might be if you are starting a new reading that relates to some previously discussed themes from weeks or months earlier. A quick Think-Pair-Share can be a great way to have students review these ideas.
Why Do I Love This Think-Pair-Share Teaching Strategy?
- Think-Pair-Share can be done super quickly.
- Students find Think-Pair-Share to be a lot of fun. Especially if you include a time element (i.e. “How many things can you come up within the next 90 seconds?”), students see Think-Pair-Share as a challenge or a contest.
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