Hello and happy Saturday. You know how teachers sometimes are requested to plan a mini-lesson for job interviews? Well, the idea I’m going to share with you was for one of those situations. It was for a middle school position and the first of many schools that called me, so it’s no surprise that I didn’t end up working there. I did like my lesson plan a lot, so I’m not letting it go to waste.
“Would you rather…?” is a game in which the players are given two choices and they must present sound arguments to support their pick. The cool thing about this game is that you can make it as simple or as complex as you want, and of course, as I always say, you can make the necessary adaptations to fit your class’s needs.
I didn’t know the students I was going to try this with (spoiler alert: when the interview day came, we didn’t even execute the lesson), so I stuck to very generic topics and to focus on having students work on speaking. I googled “would you rather questions for middle school,” I clicked the first link I found and I got my options from there. I needed two things for this lesson: flashcards and markers. You can even have the options in your phone or computer and either project them on the board or write them down, or you can just read them and have your students listen.
The way I had thought this idea was to give each student a different set of cards, so everyone had a different question. Students get time to think about their choice and the arguments to support it, and here’s where I say you can make it as simple or as complex as you want because if you’re working on debate skills, you can have your students come up with three arguments in favor of their choice and one counterargument. You can have them write their reasoning or simply have them think and then speak.
After that, taking turns, students will present their question, the options, their choice, and the reasons behind it. Again, there can be a space after each intervention for rebuttals. If you’re working with younger kids, you can present the questions yourself and have them raise hands when the option of their choice is mentioned, then you’ll select one student from each “team” to talk. The idea is pretty simple, but that’s what allows you to make changes.
I will always be a fan of activities like this, which take me a few minutes, some paper and a marker to come up with. Are you the same way? What’s your favorite type of activity to do in the classroom? Let me know in the comments below.
Love, Miss Camila