"Would you rather?" Question Set For Daily Discussions and Ice Breakers
Would you rather questions can be used in a multitude of ways to help build rapport with students and to gain insight into their personal preferences and beliefs.
Humor is always appreciated by students in a classroom. I love to listen to the students talk through their choice and compare it to their peers.
I have a “Would You Rather” section of my white board that I have sectioned off into a T-chart. Students know that they are expected to come into class and write their name on the side of the “would you rather” they would chose before they find their seat.
This may seem like it would cause a large delay in class start time, but the routine actually helps students involve themselves in my class right off the bat. They find their seats after choosing a side and we briefly discuss the choices. Then BOOM we are right into the day and ready to go!
You will be amazed at the conversations these silly simple questions invoke. If students ask me to clarify specifics on a question, I simply tell them that “it is up to their interpretation”. This allows them to justify their choice using pre-req reasoning skills.
If you do not have the space or resources to use a section of whiteboard, you can utilize the following suggestions for integration:
-Daily discussion to start off class. You can facilitate a poll or discussion through 1:1 platforms like Schoology or Google Classroom
-Or simply have students raise their hands for a quick poll.