Monday, December 10, 2012

Think - Pair - Share

Leading a high school class in group discussion can be challenging; and when it does not go as you intended it to, your lesson plan can quickly evaporate.  One technique that I have found to be effective is the “think-pair-share” method.  This strategy starts with the teacher posing a question for the students to silently answer.  The students can answer the question in their head or on a piece of paper.  As soon as they have had adequate time, have them pair up with someone else in the class and share their answers.  This gives each student a chance to answer for themselves and discuss why they answered the way that they did.  When everyone has had a chance to answer, transition to a large group discussion.  Chances are there are plenty of people who want to engage the class with their response.  Hopefully this improves discussion within your high school classroom.  If you want some more information, check out this video.  Think-pair-share: give it a try and see what you can learn!

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