Team Pair Solo is a powerful cooperative learning strategy for use in the classroom with ELLs and native speakers alike.

This strategy is a great way to reinforce mainstream curriculum objectives while developing language proficiency.  In brief, students are asked to work in groups to begin with, to either brainstorm ideas, share prior knowledge, discuss ways to solve a problems, or any number of other group activities.  They then split into pairs to further refine these ideas before working independently to create an individual response to the task.

The process can then be reveresed as Solo Pair Team where the individual response is taken back to the pair to be peer reviewed, discussed and critically evaluated, up-leveled and fine tuned, before finally being shared with the team.

The strategy poster elaborates on ways you can use this in your classroom.  Click here for a pdf version.