On the line

Students indicate whether or not they agree with statements by stepping over a line.
  • Large groups (>10)
  • <5 minutes
  • 5-10 minutes
  • 10-30 minutes
  • Energizer
  • Evaluate

When to use it?

  • When you want to energize students and let them step away from their computer or desk.
  • When you want to gauge student opinion in a more fluid way.
  • When you want to increase interaction amongst your students.

Activity instructions


  • Formulate statements that you want to use. Make sure that there is no right or wrong answer, but more a Likert scale answer (totally agree - agree - neutral - disagree - totally disagree).

Activity steps

  1. Draw a line
    Draw a line that students can cross and let all students start at one end.
  2. Explain
    Share which side of the line corresponds with which answer.
  3. Pose a statement
    Pose a statement and let the students discuss their opinions and take their position.
  4. Discuss
    Ask different students at different positions to explain their choice.

Tips for implementation & variation

  • Online teaching: You can draw a line on the built-in whiteboard in the video lecture tool and ask students where they would position themselves. Or you can let students vote on a statement by using an online tool (PresentersWall, Brightspace or a video lecture tool), give a thumbs up/down or show a colored object (something green if they agree and something red if they disagree) in front of their camera.
  • Make sure you have enough space in the room so people can comfortably choose a position.
  • Keep in mind that students have to make a public stand on how they feel about the topic, so make sure they will not get judged based on their response.

Supporting tools