This strategy can be useful to encourage whole-class participation and lots of thinking time when you’re wanting learners to explore a question in lots of depth.
Arrange the class into groups of three or four.
Provide each group with a thought provoking question (all groups should focus on the same question), which they then discuss and formulate a response to.
The teacher asks individuals to give their group’s answer. These individuals are usually nominated by the teacher, but they could be volunteers from the group. The teacher gets a number of answers without giving the correct answer away.
The teacher then encourages the class to discuss their various answers, and to agree, and justify a ‘class answer’. Minority views are allowed, but the aim is consensus.
Only when the class has agreed its answer does the teacher ‘give away’ the right answer.