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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Sharing Pairs

Sharing Pairs is an activity used to introduce new material or to reflect on material that has just been taught. If using this strategy to introduce material, the teacher would present the topic to the class and then ask the students to pair up and exchange their thoughts on the subject about to be studied. Students should be given a specific task to accomplish during the sharing period which should last no more than five minutes. For example: write one question that you think will be answered in the story the class is about to read, write one word on a paper strip that describes the topic just introduced by the teacher, complete a survey about the topic just introduced by the teacher, make a list of things you already know about the subject, etc.

If using this strategy to reflect on material that has just been taught, the students would be asked to pair up and exchange their thoughts on the subject they have just studied. Again students should be given a specific task to accomplish and again this assignment should last about five minutes. Examples of assignments could be: write down the main idea of the story just read, draw a picture that depicts the meaning of something just taught, make a list of the main facts that came from the lesson just presented, etc.

This activity can be used to give students a break after a long teacher centered lesson. This is why it is used to introduce the next topic or bring closure to the one just taught. Also, this is why it should never last more than five minutes.

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