Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Human Evolution - Comparing Hominid Skulls - Section 1: Engage


Think-Ink-Pair or Think-Ink-Pair-Share is a cooperative learning strategy that adds writing rigor to the well known TPS strategy. Students use wait time to consider a question, problem, or prompt (it is important to remember to keep the wait in these strategies, or else the foundational piece of the strategy will be missing). They then "ink" - write down their thinking, then pair with a partner to discuss their thinking, and then share out is done in a larger or whole group setting.

It is important that the writing part of this not be governed by writing rules, as the purpose of this writing is "thinking". Also, assisting students who struggle with expressing their ideas in writing can be done through sentence starters or sentence frames. Keep in mind that both of these additional strategies also up the rigor and accountability because they "force" the thinking to be precise and in response to the assignment. 

Some examples might be:

- When.....then....

- If....because....

- An example of ..... is .....

- A non example of .... is ....

- This reminds me of .... because ....

More detail or information can be added in to support students who need more, and these supports can be gradually removed over time. 

  Discourse and Questioning: Think-Ink-Pair-Share
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Human Evolution - Comparing Hominid Skulls

Unit 7: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
Lesson 14 of 15

Objective: SWBAT apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.

Big Idea: Documenting similarities and differences between species is fundamental to understanding their biological and evolutionary relationships.

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