Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Teach Like a Champion
Technique #21
Take a Stand
“You” Technique

“When you ask your students to Take a Stand, be careful not to let the exercise become cursory.”

KEY IDEA:  Pushing students to actively engage in the ideas around them by making judgments about the answers their peers provide.

Can be . . .

  • Whole class-Stand up if you agree with . . . or directed to an individual-That’s not right, is it Sue.
  • Evaluative-How many people think Sue is right?
  • Analytical-How could she check her work to see if she’s right, Sue?
  • Verbal or signaled through a gesture-Show me with your hands which answer choice you think is correct. (For privacy of answers – heads down, write on scraps of paper or student white boards)

Key for maximum effect:  not so much about asking whether students agree but following up on their answers to inform your teaching and make students accountable for mentally engaged judgments rather than empty or obligatory participation. 

Cultural work may need to be done to make sure your students are comfortable exposing and discussing their own errors.  Praise and acknowledge students.


From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)

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