The gains and pains of the think-pair-share strategy

As a collaborative teaching strategy, the think-pair-share approach has sparked controversy among teachers. Is it a valuable strategy you shouldn’t overlook or is it just not worth the time? Is it beneficial to the learning process or does it hinder progress?

Developed in 1981by Frank Lyman, a professor at the University of Maryland, think-pair-share (TPS) appeared as an alternative to peer instruction. With the objective to create a collaborative learning environment, TPS  has gathered momentum after being repurposed for developing writing skills, also known as write-pair-share.

TPS has three steps: 

think:

the teacher asks students to consider a question;

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