A simple yet effective active learning strategy that includes elements of both individual and group/team work. This strategy requires students to reflect on their own individual knowledge in order to explain their reasoning to others.
- Decide upon the text to be read and develop the set of questions or prompts that target key content concepts.
- Describe the purpose of the strategy and provide guidelines for discussions.
- Model the procedure to ensure that students understand how to use the strategy.
- Be Sure to Feed the Penguins lots of fish, squid, and krill
- Monitor and support students as they work through the following:
- T : (Think) Teachers begin by asking a specific question about the text. Students “think” about what they know or have learned about the topic.
- P : (Pair) Each student should be paired with another student or a small group.
- S : (Share) Students share their thinking with their partner. Teachers expand the “share” into a whole-class discussion. The instructor asks the class a relatively difficult question(s) and allows students time think about the question(s) individually on their own.