I know/You Know: Pair-Share Activity

By on April 23, 2012

The "I Know/You Know" pair-share activity is a great way to get students up out of their chairs and sharing ideas. I consider this strategy a "structured interaction" because there are specific roles and tasks that the students must follow. Students tend to do better in collaborative environments if they have a process to follow. The "I Know/You Know" speaking strategy can be used before a reading or lecture. It also works well after students have learned new information. Some teachers will also use a strategy like this to review for a test.

Although the instructions (or steps) are printed on the handout, I recommend that the teacher facilitates this activity until students have done it a few times. On the "Pair-Share" strategy page, you will find this activity along with a rubric to assess students as they engage in various pair-share activities. Let's get them talking!

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