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Timed PairShare

This cooperative-learning technique has students working in pairs with a partner for a
predetermined time while the partner listens. Then partners switch roles. Working with
peers builds social skills, communication skills, processing information and thinking
skills.

How to use

1. The teacher announces a topic, states how long each student will share and provides
think time.

2. In pairs, partner A shares; partner B listens.

3. Partner B responds with a positive gambit.

4. Partner switches roles.

When to use

Use Timed Pair Share at any point in the lesson to structure meaningful conversation.

 In reading, students can use Timed Pair Share for students to make predictions,
analyze story structure, discuss text features and describe characters.
 In math, students can share how they solved a problem or strategies work for
them.
 In social studies, students can share prior knowledge, summaries and what they
have learned.
 Anytime you ask the whole class a question that is open-ended.
 Before introducing new material to tap into prior knowledge
 After a unit to review terms
 Before students begin an assignment, such as an essay, a set of word problems or
a science activity/experiment, to gather ideas or formalize procedures
 To remediate weak skills
 To practice newly learned skills

Variations

Pair Share Students quickly share an idea with a partner, and then listen to their
partner’s idea. Responses are not timed.

Think Pair Share This often results in one student doing all the talking so you have to
utilize the time to make sure there is equal participation. This structure is good with
open-ended type questions.

Written Pair Share In pairs, students will take turn presenting the information while the
other partner writes down important parts to remember. They will then switch when
the teacher calls time.