AbstractIn order to generate a learning environment where students feel comfortable participating, they each anonymously write one thing they need from their peers on one post-it and one thing they can offer to their peers on another post-it. Students then place their post-its on the board and examine the patterns. The instructor debriefs the exercise by...
- Subject Area(s):
- Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems
- Resource Type(s):
- Class Activity
- Class Level(s):
- Any Level
- Class Size(s):
Usage NotesThis is an interactive exercise designed to work in a tutorial, discussion group, seminar or lecture in any sociology course (up to 60 students). I usually lead this activity on the first or second day of class at the beginning of the term. Materials needed: post-its (enough for two per student).
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Students will reflect on what they value in an ideal learning environment.
- Students will identify and acknowledge the needs of their peers.
- Students will write down one thing they need in order to feel comfortable participating in classroom activities, and one thing they can offer to their peers to help them also feel comfortable.
- Students will review the post-its on the board to note emerging patterns across the class.