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 🙂
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.
Have you tried this strategy? Share them in the comments below 🙂
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