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Paired Problem Solving

This strategy requires students to verbalize what they are thinking about as they read a passage or solve a problem.


  • Start by pairing the students into groups, one student should be the thinker/problem solver while the other student is the listener.
  • The thinker must vocalize every step in the reasoning process and the listener must listen and understand every step the thinker is making. The pair should be working together.
  • Be sure the listener continually encourages the thinker to vocalize. The listener should also point out any errors.
  • After the problem is solved, the groups should rejoin the large group and share the problem solving process with the group.

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