Tag: think-pair-share

A continuum of active learning

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At the recent American Society for Engineering Education annual conference, a new engineering educator from the University of Pittsburgh referred to this diagram illustrating an active learning continuum. It comes from the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan. Using this diagram, he identified the simplest techniques– minute papers, think-pair-share, and […]

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Small group activities on the first day of class in introductory materials science

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Small group activities on the first day of class in introductory materials science

My main pedagogical objective on the first day of class is for students to see, right away, that they will be talking as much as me during the course. In particular, since team-based learning is the dominant pedagogy in the course, I want them to experience that on the first day. In addition, I want to get […]

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Student Perspectives on Active Learning

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Check out this video created by WPI undergraduates who want to encourage more faculty to break up lectures with active learning opportunities.

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Use of Think-Pair-Share and Problem Solving in Biomechanics

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Use of Think-Pair-Share and Problem Solving in Biomechanics

Professor Kris Billiar, Department Head in Biomedical Engineering, gives some specific examples of activities he uses in class and how he’s improved their effectiveness over the years.

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Natalie Farny’s Use of Daily Minute Papers to Engage Students and Quickly Gauge Understanding

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Natalie Farny’s Use of Daily Minute Papers to Engage Students and Quickly Gauge Understanding

I use a twist on the typical think-pair-share exercise coupled with the minute paper exercise in my 3000-level Human Anatomy and Physiology course (~60-80 students). At the start of each lecture, I put up a short open response question that relates to the material from the previous class and ask the students to spend 1-2 […]

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Multiple Techniques from Rob Traver for Fostering Participation and Thinking in Class

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Multiple Techniques from Rob Traver for Fostering Participation and Thinking in Class

Writing on index cards. To increase student engagement I sometimes distribute index cards (an electronic version will do) and ask students to write a reply to a question I ask, or to a comment a fellow student poses, or to something they are reading or examining (a chart) BEFORE I continue with the classroom discussion. […]

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Stepping Up the Participation Level in In-Class Activities

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Stepping Up the Participation Level in In-Class Activities

I have used a variety of think-pair-share and similar activities in my introductory materials course (ES 2001), with a typical enrollment of 120 in recent years. My main goal is to have each student practice applying principles during class and leverage the power of peer instruction.  In addition, I can see how well they’re understanding […]

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John Sullivan Notices Increase in Attendance and Class Spirit After Using Think-Pair-Share

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John Sullivan Notices Increase in Attendance and Class Spirit After Using Think-Pair-Share

In A-term 2015 I used the “think-pair-share” social learning strategy for my ES3001 Thermodynamics class with an enrollment circa 60.  Traditionally, I’d ask the class if they had any questions from last lecture.  If I’d get one hand raised, it would be a surprise.  This A-term, I displayed on the screen a book back-of-chapter question. […]

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Tricia Stapleton Using Think-Pair-Share on the First Day of Class

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Tricia Stapleton Using Think-Pair-Share on the First Day of Class

I use several think-pair-share activities throughout a term in my ENV1100: Introduction to Environmental Studies (~50 students), including the first day of class. I have several objectives for employing a think-pair-share activity on the first day: 1) to set the tone of an active learning classroom for the term, 2) to make students review their […]

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Liz Ryder’s Use of Think-Pair-Share in Neurobiology

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Liz Ryder’s Use of Think-Pair-Share in Neurobiology

I use Think-Pair-Share (TPS) whenever I want students to think actively rather than simply receiving information passively.   When I’m presenting something in class, I’ll often ask the class a question rather than simply making a statement, but we all know that this usually only generates responses from a small group of students.  So instead of […]

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