Contributor: Nicola Simmons, Brock University, (email@example.com)
Cue cards – but they can also use scraps of paper – in other words, no advance prep needed!
At any point in your session, but typically when you wish to summarize and extend thinking to that point, ask students to write a ! on one side of a piece of paper (or cue card) and a ? on the other. With the !, ask them to write one new insight they have had as a result the discussion; with the ?, one new question they could ask.
I always tell them I’m going to type up their responses and show the class the summary slide.
It helps me know what is having the greatest impact on their thinking.
I came up with this first in an EDC workshop – it literally just came to me. I’m grateful to the participants of that session for playing along – their feedback is what prompted me to use it again and I now use it once in almost every course.
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