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Think, Pair, Share

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Students must take time to think alone and then discuss their ideas with a partner. This method can be used to develop persuasion and debate skills. It heightens the use of critical thinking. This method is valuable for beginning to teach students how to work together in small groups. It also forces the student to “think first.”

  1. The instructor poses a discussion question or a hypothetical situation to the students. After clarifying the question or facts of the situation, the students are given a short amount of time to think about possible answers or solutions on their own.
  2. Divide the students into pairs to discuss to discuss their ideas between themselves.  They should try to come to an agreement or consensus on the answer or solution.
  3. Each pair should share their answer and reasoning with the class to facilitate a large group discussion.


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