Small-Group Instruction

EEKK Think Pair Share

EEKK Think Pair Share is a fun variation on a traditional Think, Pair, Share that is useful for younger students. As an indicator to my students that they must engage in discussion with one another, I will say "Go EEKK," which stands for "elbow, elbow, knee, knee." Students recite the simple chant, “Elbow, elbow, knee, knee” and face each other knee-to-knee in the process to discuss whatever topic I have chosen. The EEKK strategy gives my students a structured way for engaging in collaborative, on-topic academic discourse.

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Strategy Explanation
 
 
Students are placed for partnerships without similar levels in ELA to push highs to teach and lows to learn from peers. Heterogeneous groupings are more effective than homogenous groups where students remain stagnant.
Poster
 
 
Team Placements take into account partnership in teams. They are based on heterogeneous groupings and accountability.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Students are placed for partnerships without similar levels in ELA to push highs to teach and lows to learn from peers. Heterogeneous groupings are more effective than homogenous groups where students remain stagnant.
Poster
 
 
Team Placements take into account partnership in teams. They are based on heterogeneous groupings and accountability.
Raul Gonzalez
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
First grade
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