Teacher Tip – Taking a Brain Break

We all know that sometimes our students need a bit of a “brain break”. Here’s a great activity to give your students a chance to do that.

Ask students a series of random “Would you rather” questions (examples below – some silly, some thought provoking):

Would you rather be 3 feet tall or 8 feet tall?
Would you rather be born with an elephant trunk or a giraffe’s neck?
Would you rather be able to hear any conversation or take back anything you say?
Would you rather be forgotten or hatefully remembered

Then, if your class is in-person, tell students to walk to the side of the room that they identify with for each question and tell someone near them why they chose what they chose.

What’s great about this exercise is that it uses the whole group (moving across the room), but gives pairs an opportunity to talk to one another. You could even require that people try not to talk to the same person twice.

If teaching an online class, you can read each question at a time and have students type their answers into the chat. Alternatively, have each question written on your Zoom whiteboard, and have students circle their preference or put stars/fun stamps on it using the Annotate feature. Then discuss as a group after each question.

After sharing a few “Would you rather’s” as examples, you could even have students write their own.

For lower level students, an altered question format could use “do”: Do you like ice cream or cookies? Or, if you’re working one-on-one, this is a fun to way to get kids involved and share your own opinion with your student!

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