Think-Pair-Share is one of the simplest discourse strategies. It provides students with a safe environment in which to try out their answers before sharing with the large group. Scroll down to see a few variations.
1) Teacher poses a question for discussion.
2) Students think individually.
3) Students pair up and discuss their responses.
4) Students share their responses with the larger group.
Think-Pair-Square: Before sharing with the large group, pairs form squares and discuss responses.
Think-Pair-Octagon: After forming squares, groups continue to match up, forming octagons, then groups of 16, until the group re-forms as a whole.
Team-Pair-Solo: Students first tackle a question as a group, then as a pair, and finally on their own.
Think-Pair-Share was originally developed by Frank Lyman. The other variations were developed by Spencer Kagan.