Literacy 4-6

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Literacy 4-6 > Strategies > Think-Pair-Share



Students develop literacy skills by listening to and speaking with others in informal ways. When learners think about a question then discuss their thoughts with a partner before sharing with the larger group, everyone participates and practices their skills, including Metacognition.

Use It in the Classroom

Learn how this fifth grade teacher uses think-pair-share to help students prepare for writing. When students have individual think time first, they are more equipped to process and answer the question meaningfully. They are also held accountable to a peer to maintain their Attention, which contributes to a richer discussion.

  • Using this process in book discussions allows learners with varying Speeds of Processing to collect their thoughts before participating. Additionally, listening and sharing ideas with a partner helps develop communication skills to verbalize thoughts and practice Inhibition & Self-regulation when considering another point of view.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Watch how Class Dojo builds think-pair-share into its classroom communication platform. From 16:58, see how it enables teachers to create prompts for students to discuss with their partners. This feature also allows students with varying Primary Languages to successfully discuss with a partner, which supports their language learning.

  • Providing support that encourages increased participation is especially important in building learners' confidence for sharing ideas. A teacher or developer can create prompts or structured partner/small group discussions so students have the opportunity to think, try, and workshop their ideas in a low-stakes environment.
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