Students express their stance on statements by moving to different parts of the classroom and describe the reasons behind their choices.
- Cognitive: Students will be able to choose a position on various statements and explain their positions.
- Affective: Students will feel comfortable expressing their viewpoint in a group setting and demonstrate increased tolerance of others’ opinions.
A large space; signs (Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Neutral, Agree, Strongly Agree); pre-planned statements
Prepare 5 signs with Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Neutral, Agree, Strongly Agree; prepare statements to read or show
- Honesty is always the best policy.
- Fairness and equality are not always the same thing.
- You must make mistakes to learn.
- It is always important to consider the greater good.
- I would rather be successful than well-liked.
Optional: Align this activity with subject-area content, ensuring that all statements are accessible and thought-provoking regardless of background knowledge.
||Check that students understand the positions on the continuum before beginning.|
||Set expectation that the speaker is uninterrupted and not challenged.
Encourage all students to share comments from the groups.
||What’s it like to have a different opinion than others?
What was it like to listen respectfully to others opinions, even when you disagreed?
How did you feel after the activity? Did students participate and seem engaged?
Remember to ask the students to share their feedback on the activity: What went well? What suggestions do they have for making the activity better? Think about what you might do differently next time.
Emotional Intelligence Tips
- Offer lower-stakes examples at first.
- Encourage students to be patient, respectful, open, and reserve judgment
- Encourage an open mind as students share different perspectives and reasons.
- Model validation of each students’ opinion and reasoning