Pair-share or small group discussion opportunities are often effective strategies for improving levels of engagement in large or quiet groups. Like the nonverbal responses, this technique allows for the entire group to participate. Time spent in discussion with peers may jumpstart conversation or reinforce the relevancy or value of ideas expressed.
Tip: Work in pair-share moments when you have a mixed-age school group, such as second and fourth-graders. These can be quick opportunities; for example, “What type of animal would you want representing you on your water bottle? Share your idea with your elbow buddy.” Typically, older students dominate the discussion, so after a pair-share opportunity is completed, you can direct questions to the younger students, asking them to share ideas from their conversations.