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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