Think Pair Share is a strategy that can be used to get students to collaborate to answer a question or solve a problem. Students begin by compiling their own understandings in relation to the prompt (Think). They then discuss those thoughts with a partner and talk about their common understandings and misunderstandings (Pair). Finally, they provide a synopsis of their duo’s response to the question (Share). This strategy gives students a chance to reflect on big course concepts, encourages students to engage with course concepts, and gives less outgoing students the opportunity to have a voice in class.

Tools to Consider Using

  • Paper and pencil (in person)
  • Zoom breakout rooms (online) – for Pair step specifically
  • Jamboard (in person or online) – for Share step specifically

At a Glance

Think Pair Share

timerClass Time Requirements: 10 Minutes to 1 Hour

timerPreparation Time: Medium

Bloom’s Levels:

Create info Putting materials together to form a unique product.
Evaluate info Making judgments based on checking against given criteria.
Analyze info Breaking materials into parts to determine structures and relationships.
Apply info Using procedures to carry out a task.
Understand info Constructing meaning from information.
Remember info Using memory to recall facts and definitions.

Learn more about Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Associated Technology Tools:
Zoom Piazza Piazza Google Jamboard Google Jamboard Google Docs Google Docs Google Assignments Google Assignments
Associated Teaching Strategies:
Cooperative Learning