Think Pair ShareAlso known as: turn and talk, Think-Pair-Square
Think-Pair-Share involves students thinking independently about a prompt or problem, pairing up and discussing their ideas with a classmate, and then sharing their combined knowledge with the class. It:
- allows educators to change a traditional whole class discussion into a more manageable and inclusive activity where all students are given an opportunity to respond
- promotes the development of students' speaking, listening and social skills
- can be modified to 'Think-Pair-Square' for groups of four, where after 'Pair', partners 'Square' with another pair to discuss their ideas.
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How to use with ICT
- Use elements of the Question formulation technique to support students to develop and refine thoughtful questions and encourage them to contribute without critiquing,
|AIS NSW - Strategies for student engagement||Engagement Strategies - Pair-Share||On overview of the Pair/Share strategy to increase student engagement. Site includes a resources with specific examples and the benefits of Pair/Share in teaching and learning.|
|Victorian Education and Training - Literacy teaching toolkit||Classroom talk techniques||Brief overview of Think/Pair/Share with examples of questions starters to support the discussion.|
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