Math 7-9

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Students deepen their math understanding as they use and hear others use specific math language in informal ways. When learners think about a problem or worked example then discuss their thoughts with a partner before sharing with the larger group, everyone participates and practices their skills.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how a teacher reviews think-pair-share with her class and applies it to a math problem. By having individual think time, students are more equipped to process and answer questions meaningfully. They are also held accountable for maintaining their Attention with a peer, which contributes to a more fruitful discussion.

  • Using this process in whole-class discussions allows learners with varying Speeds of Processing to collect their thoughts before participating. Additionally, exploring worked examples, such conducting an error analysis, with a partner helps develop Mathematical Flexibility and Self-regulation skills as each student considers and responds to the other point of view.
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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 engage in Math Communication with their partners.

  • Providing support that encourages increased participation is especially important in building learners' confidence for sharing ideas and practicing Social Awareness & Relationship Skills. A developer can create prompts and spaces for 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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