Write or Think-Pair-Share

During Think-Pair-Share, group members think about a question/topic individually, then share their thoughts with a partner. Large group summarized sharing also occurs.

Hints:

  • The goal of a think/pair/share is to allow participants time to think BEFORE they discuss with a partner. Research shows that when people are given time to contemplate an answer to a question, their answers differ from those they would give if them responded immediately.
  • When doing a think/Pair/Share, give participants a specific amount of time (30 seconds, 5 minutes, etc.) for the “think” portion.

Write/Pair/Share Variation

Same as think/pair/share, but the student must develop a written response on their own before sharing.

Hints:

  • The goal of a write/pair/share is to allow participants time to write something BEFORE they discuss with a partner.
  • When doing a think/Pair/Share, give participants a specific amount of time (30 seconds, 5 minutes, etc.) for the “write” portion.
  • This format works well for problem solving. In the pair step, partners can write a joint solution on the board to share with the large group.

This activity will help teachers elicit more thoughtful responses from students.

(The Basic Collaborative Learning Techniques, Supplemental Instruction, Iowa State University, http://www.dso.iastate.edu/asc/supplemental/SIShowcaseCollaborative.pdf)

Great for: Eliciting thoughtful responses, Helping students find meaning in the scriptures, Giving every person a turn, Helping shy students participate, Reviewing a scripture story, Learning to share feelings

Class size: Any class size

Helps Students: SEARCH the scriptures or text, SHARE feelings, thoughts, or personal experiences

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Student Age: Any age

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