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Pattern: Think-pair-share

A strategy for fostering debate.

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Gráinne Conole
9 May 2009

A strategy for a structured discussion. Can also be represented as a pedagogical pattern. Three stages: 

1. Think. Students think through a problem on their own or write down their answers to a teacher posed question. 

2. Pair. Student discuss their responses in pairs<

3. Share.  Share with the wider class. 

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Rebecca Galley
8:10am 23 September 2009

An interesting thought from Simon Cross...

The think-pair-share process has three stages and each stage has three permutations: individual, pair, group. That gives 27 permutations – whilst we know think-pair-share works has anyone tried the other 26 to see if they’re better?



Gráinne Conole
8:15am 23 September 2009

I think the whole point is that each stage builds on teh previous one - its a cummulative benefit.

Rebecca Galley
8:18am 23 September 2009

Ok, that's a challenge - I'll have to draw up a design for a share-pair-think or pair-think-share that's pedagogically sound! ;-)

Gráinne Conole
8:18am 23 September 2009

Excellent! :-)

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