SAM Club - Kagan

August 10, 2017 - BEST District of the EVSC

Organizing for Learning

As teachers look for ways to engage more students with rigorous learning opportunities, collaborative learning structures could be an option. Starting this week, we can begin adding to your arsenal of structures via a Structure-A-Month Club (SAM Club). In doing so, we will all work as a community of learners, adding pieces to our classroom slowly yet intentionally. August's structure - Timed-Pair-Share

What is Timed Pair Share?

TPS is a partnered activity where each student takes turns to speak and listen for a prescribed amount of time.

How Does Timed Pair Share Work?

  1. Teacher announces a topic, states how long each student will share, and provides think time.
  2. Student pairs greet each other with a high-five.
  3. In pairs, Partner A shares; Partner B listens. (30 seconds each, for example)
  4. Partner B responds with a positive remark.
  5. Partners switch roles.

Positive Remark Options

  • "The information you shared was fresh."
  • "It was awesome to listen to you because. . . "
  • "My life has been enriched by the knowledge you have imparted to me, oh wise one."

Check out this example.

TIMED PAIR SHARE FINAL

Extension - Structure Up!

Mix-Pair Share

If the Timed-Pair-Share structure is already in place in your classroom, maybe consider adding Mix-Pair-Share too.


Here's how MPS works:

  1. Students mix silently.
  2. Teacher calls students to pair up.
  3. Students make eye contact with a person close to them and greet that person with a high five. (If students can't find a partner, they put their hand up to find another person with their hand up.)
  4. Now you can go into Timed-Pair-Share!

Bibliography

KAGAN, MIGUEL. 6.46, 6.84. KAGAN COOPERATIVE LEARNING, KAGAN COOPERATIVE LEARNING, 2015.

Daniel Watson, M.Ed.

eLearning Coach for the BEST District of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.