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Think-pair-share encourages meaningful student discussion by allowing for extra processing time and multiple shares. When learners think about a question or problem and then discuss their thoughts with a partner before sharing with the larger group, everyone participates and practices their literacy skills, including Argumentative Reasoning, Critical Literacy, and Metacognition.

Use It in the Classroom

Learn how this high school teacher uses think-pair-share her classroom to encourage students to think about and share their thoughts with their peers. By using it as a warm-up and giving the option to write, students develop their Vocabulary.

  • Teachers can structure meaningful prompts to encourage student interaction and give clear instructions for what to discuss during these conversations. Using this process in book discussions and content instruction 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 Self-regulation when considering another point of view.
  • Design It into Your Product

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    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. Developers can create spaces in which teachers can create prompts to stimulate structured partner or small group discussions where students have the opportunity to record their thinking and share with others in a low-stakes environment.
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