- Class discussions
- Increase engagement from all students
- Year 5-12
- 5-20 min
So how does it work?
The teacher poses a question, and the responses happen in three steps:
- Think. Each student individually thinks about their answer to the question.
- Pair. Each student pairs up with a partner, and discusses their answer.
- Share. The teacher selects pairs to share their ideas with the class.
- If you want students to consider the discussion question deeply, make sure you give them enough time to really think. You could even get them to write down their ideas, and frame the response around a set expectation, e.g. three dot points, four sentences, a paragraph, mind-map or diagram, to push them to think harder.
- To push students’ interactions at the pair stage, ask partners to share the ideas of the other person. You could even ask them to explain what they like, and what they would improve about their peer’s response.
It can be a good idea to try the discussion routine out on a low-stakes question that every student feels like they can contribute to, such as: Should we give other animals rights?
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