Students answer questions so that their opinions or knowledge can be gauged.
  • Individual
  • <5 minutes
  • 5-10 minutes
  • Assessment
  • Energizer
  • Evaluate

When to use it?

  • When you want to identify how well the students have grasped the topic in question.
  • When you want to gauge student opinion.
  • When you want an easy way to foster interaction.

Activity instructions


  • Choose the question(s) that you want to ask during class. Do you want to assess the (pre)knowledge or opinions of your students?
  • Choose when you want to let the students vote. At the begin, middle or end of class?

Activity steps

  1. Pose a question
    Provide the students with a question.
  2. Vote
    Give students the opportunity to vote.
  3. Evaluate
    Discuss the outcome of the vote, for example by explaining the main misconceptions.

Tips for implementation & variation

  • Online teaching: Students can vote on a question by using an online tool (PresentersWall, Brightspace or a video lecture tool), give a thumbs up/down or show a coloured object (something green if they agree and something red if they disagree) in front of their camera.
  • Make sure the question you ask is relevant.
  • Make sure students do not get 'judged' if they respond incorrectly.

Supporting tools