Think – Pair – Share
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#4 in our series of in-class flipped activities
Think – Pair – Share is a cooperative activity in which partners privately think about a question/ an issue / a situation / an idea, etc. then discuss their responses with one another, then the class.
- Involves all students actively
- Enhances oral communication and listening skills
- Increases student accountability due to think time / wait time
- Serves as a non-threatening / low risk activity
- Encourages reluctant participants
- Helps build confidence
- Use for brainstorming
- Use as a check for understanding after pre-work
- Use to determine prior knowledge
What do you need?
- No materials required
- Put the students into pairs
- Lecturer asks a question / presents an issue / describes a situation / offers an idea
- Give students time to think to themselves
- Partners take turns sharing
- Partners decide on the best answer / view point / idea
- Lecturer randomly call on partners to share with the class
Idea from online source – Kielven, J 2001. Teaching Masters
Adapted from: Barrie Bennett & Carol Rolheiser, 2001. Beyond Monet: The Artful Science of Instructional Integration.