Motion Activities – Mix Pair Share
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Sometimes students need to move, and sometimes teachers need to be entertained.
This is the perfect time for the Kagan strategy – Mix Pair Share. These are the “official” instructions:
Mix Pair Share
1. students mix
2. teacher calls, “pair”
3. hand up, pair up
4. teacher asks question, gives think time
This is what I like to do with the students:
- Students stand up by their desks.
- Teacher starts the music (I like something fun and energizing think “Funkytown” or “Everybody, Everbody”)
- Students mix – smiling, waving, bopping – but no talking
- Teacher stops music and students pair with the closest person (I tell them, not the closest boy, not the closest girl, but the closest person)
- Students turn back to back.
- Teacher asks question and provides think time.
- Students turn and discuss question, then turn back to back.
- Teacher restarts music, and the cycle begins again if desired.
Now, that seems to have more steps, but it really goes pretty fast. Sort of a musical chairs without chairs. It can provide a much needed break and generates a lot of enthusiasm for the discussion.
Besides, until you’ve seen a bunch of 10 year olds doing the “John Travolta”, you haven’t seen it all yet!