Monday, May 16, 2011

Think - Pair - Share Strategy

I continue to spend a good amount of time discussing the need for mental "processing" time for the information that is presented by teachers to students.  More importantly than my just talking about it, I have the teachers practice it too!
The basic concept is that the teacher provides a limited amount of information, then gives the students time to talk with each other about what they've just heard.  In other words "processing" time.
When given time to "process" the information presented, the brain then is able to move that information from the short term memory into the medium / long term memory.

As teachers, we want to provide ongoing activities to help our students process information from their short term memory into their long term memory.  Think-Pair-Share is a fantastic strategy for doing just this and it can be used continuously.

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