In this strategy, students take time to think alone and then discuss
their ideas with a partner. After that, each pair shares their ideas
with other students. This method is an excellent way to increase student
participation in a discussion, to ensure that all students have an
opportunity to consider a question and formulate a response, and to draw
out students who might be too shy to speak in front of the group. This
strategy can also be used to develop critical thinking, persuasion, and
- Pose a discussion question or a hypothetical situation to the students.
- Ask students if they have any clarifying questions about the facts or what the question is asking.
- Give students a short amount of time to think about possible answers or solutions on their own.
- Divide the students into pairs to discuss their ideas with their
partner. They should try to come to an agreement or consensus on the
answer or solution.
- Begin a large, whole-class discussion by inviting each pair to share their answer and reasoning with everyone.