Center for Teaching and Learning

Teaching Tip

To keep students engaged during lecture, integrate think-pair-share activities. Think-pair-share does require facilitation. You will have to ensure everyone has a partner (or small group of 3-4 students, which works well for Zoom breakout groups), as well as actively facilitate the discussion with questions and follow-up questions for less active pairs or groups.


Have students individually answer a question on paper, in Canvas, with Poll Everywhere, via a classroom response system, or in a Zoom poll.


Tell students to convince their neighbors or partners of their answers or otherwise explain their reasoning.


Ask a sample of students to share their answers with the class, with the option of using discrepancies to facilitate discussion or clarify misconceptions.

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