Kagan Cooperative Learning Strategy: Pairs Compare

Pairs Compare is another easy to use Kagan Cooperative Learning Strategy.

First you have to have your students work in pairs.

You then give a question that is open-ended, one that has many possible answers.

Give them a time limit as the partners take turns in generating a response to the question.

After the time limit, it’s time for the pair to seek another pair and work with them.

The 2 pairs will take turns in reading out their answers. If they have similar answers, it gets checked off. If it is a different answer, the pair that is listening adds it to their list.

The last part is when both pairs start generating new answers and recording them on their pair list.

I tried this strategy in my economics class. My key question was: How to reduce extreme poverty?

Below are some pictures of their output :)

Pairs Compare

Pairs Compare

Kagan Pairs Compare

Kagan Pairs Compare

It may take a while for them to master these structures but  if you keep at it and keep modeling how it’s done, it can be a very effective cooperative learning strategy.

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Kagan Cooperative Learning Strategy: Talking Chips

I have been recently fascinated about Kagan Cooperative Learning and decided to integrate it deliberately in my classes as one of my new year’s teaching resolution.

Talking chips strategy involves giving each member of a team 1 or 2 chips.

First you should have a discussion topic ready for your students. After that, you give some thinking time (e.g. 2 minutes)

Then any student can start the discussion by placing one of his/her chips at the center of the table. That student can start sharing his/her ideas. The rest will just listen.

After which, the next student can put their chip. This continues until everyone has had used their talking chips.

The students can then get all their chips again and continue the discussion if time allows.

I modified the procedure a bit by having one person in the group record the ideas discussed and then share it in front after the activity is done.

I tried this out today in my economics class and they were able to come up with good ideas that will form as the platform for tomorrow’s topic.

Their output is shown below.

Kagan Talking Chips

Kagan Talking Chips

Kagan Talking Chips

Kagan Talking Chips

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