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This process requires each student to engage in independent thought, and then to practice explaining and listening with a partner, before sharing her responses with the class as a whole.

  • 1. THINK: Direct students to think independently about the prompt (a question or a word problem). They each should formulate an answer to the question or identify and evaluate the most important information in the word problem.
  • 2. PAIR: Students pair up and take turns presenting their thinking to a partner (e.g. each selects two important pieces of information and explains to the partner why she chose that information). The students discuss and provide feedback to each other.
  • 3. SHARE: Finish by asking some students to share their analyses with the class.

Visit Starting Point for more information and examples.

KimMarie McGoldrick also suggests Using Note-Taking Pairs to Enhance Understanding of Difficult Concepts (such as Income and Substitution Effects).