Throw a ball
Students pass an (imaginary) ball while answering questions.
- Large groups (>10)
- <5 minutes
- Activating prior knowledge
When to use it?
- When you want to activate students who are normally less proactive in class.
- When you want students to apply their knowledge.
- When you want to increase interaction amongst students.
- Prepare questions (about the course content) to pose during the activity.
- Pose a questionPose a question or idea to the students.
- Pick a student
Either pick a specific student to throw the (imaginary) ball to or randomly throw the (imaginary) ball to the class.
- Answer the question
The student with the (imaginary) ball answers the posed question.
- Repeat the process
Repeat the process, but in this case the student who has the (imaginary) ball can pick the new student.
Tips for implementation & variation
- Online teaching: Instead of throwing an actual ball, you can call someone by their name and throw an imaginary ball.
- Feel free to ask follow-up questions when a student comes up with an interesting answer.
- Make sure every student had the opportunity to answer a question before throwing the (imaginary) ball to a student for the second time.
- Instead of sitting down, you can ask the students to stand on their feet for this energizer.