Spotlight On Strategies


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The Think, Pair, Share idea from first proposed by F. Lyman (1981), according to the National Institute of Science Education. The strategy promotes a collaborative environment in the classroom. The student is posed a challenging or open-ended question and given time to critically think of an answer or response. Them the instructor directs each student to communicate their thoughts to a partner for a few minutes. This instructional approach is researched-based and proven very effective for learners. It allows them to construct their knowledge, provides "wait time", promotes communication skills, and exposes them to different learning styles.

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In Science, the Think-Pair-Share method could be an excellent strategy to nurture the curious thoughts that run through the learner's mind when presented facts, images, books, or videos. Rather than have them keep their thoughts and feeling bottled up, I would allow them to have a platform to share that is a change from the commonplace "raise your hand to share" approach most teachers utilize. Let's say you want to show your class a video on the Forest habitat. Prior to starting the clip, you explain to your students that they will identify one animal species they remember and share an interesting fact they heard in the video with another peer. Watch the video on Discover Education and upon the conclusion of the video, tell the students to Think-Pair-Share. I usually have designated partners based on seating arrangements. Partner A turns to Partner B and shares their thoughts, while Partner B listens, responds, and awaits their turn.


Try to USE the strategy in one core subject area and provide me feedback on your thoughts to its effectiveness with your class.

Have you already used THINK-PAIR-SHARE before? If so, try to think of some modifications or adaptations you could use either for just making a fresh twist to a common practice, or to provide support for a special needs student.


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Lyman, F. (1981). "The responsive classroom discussion." In Anderson, A.S. (Ed.), Mainstreaming Digest, College Park, MD: University of Maryland College of Education.