Think-pair (square) share

Think-pair (square) share:  In the classic think-pair-share, you pose a question to the class, and ask people to think about a response on their own, then pair up and share with their neighbour. After a few minutes, ask for some examples to be shared. The beauty of this technique is that everyone is actively involved, and because each pair of students has shared responses, they are usually more likely to share them with the whole class than if you posed the question and asked for responses right away. A related technique that can be particularly useful in large classes is to do the above, but then ask each pair of students to connect with another pair and share.  At this point, you can still ask for examples, or you could ask for a show of hands: “How many quartets had exactly the same response?” This can be a good way to make a point about complex real-world problems – there is not usually only one correct answer. Or you could use it to dispel misconceptions about the question, or to show the range of viewpoints possible. It depends on the topic and the specific question you pose.


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