Think-Pair-Share

Description
This is a cooperative discussion strategy whose name is derived from the three stages of student action, with emphasis on what students are to be doing at each of those stages. (Frank Lyman, 1981)


Purpose
Use before, during, or after reading to:
· Allow for reflection and sharing before whole group discussion
· Provide time for everyone to formulate responses to the reading, experience, or prompt


Directions
1. Create a question, prompt, or problem to generate student thinking.
2. Have students spend two to three minutes brainstorming or thinking individually about the question asked or problem posed. Option: Have students do a quick write of their thoughts.
3. Have students share their ideas with a partner for two to three minutes.
4. Have students share their most significant ideas with the whole group, taking care to not repeat what someone else has already reported.


Extensions
· Stop at a planned point during an interactive read aloud and have students think-pair-share about a possible solution to the character’s problem; a prediction about what might happen next; or supporting detail about a content concept.
· Schedule Think-Pair-Shares during silent reading to stimulate thinking and interaction with text.
· Use Think-Pair-Share as a strategy to enhance active listening during lectures, presentations, or demonstrations.


Think-Pair-Share Template

Course Title: _ Name: ___
Directions
Before we read this selection, think about the following question or problem:







Think
Write three answers or ideas you have about this question or problem.

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2.

3.


Pair
Discuss your ideas with a partner. Check any ideas above your partner also wrote down.
Write down ideas your partner had that you did not.

1.

2.

3.



Share
Review all of your ideas and circle the one you think is most important. One of you will share this idea with the whole group.

As you listen to the ideas of the whole group, write down three you liked.

1.

2.

3.




Think-Pair-Share Activity: Interactive Word Walls

Think of a content unit where students struggle with the vocabulary. How could you have students interact with these words after putting them on the wall that would deepen their understanding of content?

Think
Three ways students can interact with the words to help them understand the content better.
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2.

3.

Pair
Discuss your ideas with a partner. Check any ideas above your partner also wrote down.
Write down ideas your partner had that you did not.

1.

2.

3.

Share
Review all of your ideas and circle the one you think is most important. One of you will share this idea with the whole group.

As you listen to the ideas of the whole group, write down three you liked.

1.

2.

3.