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.

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

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Argee Abadines
Argee Abadines is the founder and chief content engineer of this website. He is a brain based educator and his educational interests are pedagogy, higher order thinking, creativity, and educational technology. He is also the founder of Bruner Learning Hub. He currently teaches high school business studies and economics. Previously, he taught English to primary students. He reads up regularly about trends in education and online media. You can visit his personal blog at pinoyminimalist.com

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