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Think, Pair, Share |    Peer Instruction |   Jigsaw |   First Day of Class

Active Learning Techniques 

Think, Pair, Share

  • A short activity where the instructor poses a question, students think about their responses then pair with someone near them to discuss their thinking before sharing out to the class.

Teaching Tools—Think, Pair, Share (PDF) 

Peer Instruction

  • This ~5 minute cooperative learning activity involves students in learning by prompting students to examine their own and their classmates’ thinking. Questions are posed, responded to individually, followed by discussion with others (peer instruction) to determine the appropriate response. Students then respond again before the instructor reviews the responses with everyone in class. Coming soon.  


  • This 20-30 minute cooperative learning activity is where students first work in groups, becoming an expert on a prompt. The students then form inter-mixed groups with an expert from the previous prompt. Intermixed groups then rely on the diverse experts to complete a new prompt.

Teaching Tools—Jigsaw (PDF)  

First Day of Class

  • This evidence-based resource will help you make the most of your first class and will provide helpful hints to ensure your expectations are transparent to your students and also set the tone for a welcoming learning environment. 

Teaching Tools—First Day of Class (PDF)

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