One of the easiest ways to get students talking about an issue or topic in class is to use the “think/write–pair–share” method. (Lyman, 1992). In this approach, an instructor simply poses an issue or problem to the class and then gives students 30 seconds to one minute to think about or write out their response. Students then pair up and explain their responses to one another for 3 to 5 minutes. Finally, as a class, the issue or result is discussed. Because this technique takes only about 4 to 6 minutes of class time, it could be done one or two times in each class session.



Lyman, F. T. (1992). Think-Pair-Share, Thinktrix, Thinklinks, and weird facts: An interactive system for cooperative learning. In N. Davidson & T. Worsham (Eds.), Enhancing Thinking Through Cooperative Learning (pp. 169–181). New York: Teachers College Press.