Think-Pair-Share, a strategy frequently used in Bridges classrooms, enables children to:

1. Think about a question for several moments.

2. Pair up with a classmate nearby to share thinking and compare strategies.

3. Share thinking with the entire class. 

Yet in Matthew Needleman's blog, Creating Lifelong Learners, he writes that while "Pair Sharing is generally acknowledged as a best practice in education" it's a strategy that he rarely sees during classroom visits. Needleman urges teachers to integrate the technique, reducing the amount of teacher talk and enabling students to take a more active role. Visit his blog for ideas on modeling pair sharing.

Do you use this strategy? How do you increase the level of student engagement and dialogue in your classroom?



Thanks for the reminder about think pair share...this time of the year it's easy to forget what works for kids when we are trying so hard to tackle what works for us as teachers!