29 September 2022

Learning activity

Truth Statements

Before discussing a topic, ask individuals or several small groups to decide on 3 things they know to be true about a particular issue. This is useful when introducing a new topic which students think they know well, but where their assumptions need to be examined. 

On-campus

The activity takes about 10 minutes to complete and could be done with more than 60 students in an on-campus setting. 

Manual

Supplies Needed

  • A place to write down the statements 
  • Optional: Wooclap 

Set-up Classroom

Students work together in groups, so a classroom with tables grouped together could be suggested. 

Step 1. (Preparation)

Optional: Create a Wooclap presentation with an open-ended question where students can hand in their statements.

Step 2. (During class)

Inform students about the assignment and which new topic they have to think about. Keep the introduction brief, so there a lot of blanks to fill (e.g. a historical event/timeframe). When working in groups, group students together. 

Step 3. (During Class)

Let students think about true statements about this new topic. 

Step 4. (Evaluation)

Let students provide their answers oral or through Wooclap. Discuss their assumptions and correct when wrong. Provide key-notes to take home and start introducing the topic.

Tools

Wooclap 

Online

The activity takes about 10 minutes to complete and could be done with more than 60 students in an online setting. 

Manual

Supplies Needed

  • Microsoft Teams 
  • Wooclap 

Set-up Classroom

Create a Teams in Microsoft Teams. When students work together, provide them seperate channels or use break-out-rooms. 

Step 1. (Preparation)

Create a Wooclap presentation with an open-ended question where students can hand in their statements.

Step 2. (During class)

Inform students about the assignment and which new topic they have to think about. Keep the introduction brief, so there a lot of blanks to fill (e.g. a historical event/timeframe). When working in groups, group students together. 

Step 3. (During Class)

Let students think about true statements about this new topic. 

Step 4. (Evaluation)

Let students provide their answers through Wooclap. Discuss their assumptions and correct when wrong. Provide key-notes to take home and start introducing the topic. 

Hybrid

The activity takes about 10 minutes to complete and could be done with more than 60 students in a hybrid setting. 

Manual

Supplies Needed

  • Microsoft Teams 
  • Wooclap 

Set-up Classroom

Using a hybrid classroom is suggested. For the online students you have to create a Teams in Microsoft Teams. On-campus a classic U-shape set-up will do. 

Step 1. (Preparation)

Create a Wooclap presentation with an open-ended question where students can hand in their statements.

Step 2. (During class)

Inform students about the assignment and which new topic they have to think about. Keep the introduction brief, so there a lot of blanks to fill (e.g. a historical event/timeframe) 

Step 3. (During Class)

Let students think about true statements about this new topic. 

Step 4. (Evaluation)

Let students provide their answers through Wooclap. Discuss their assumptions and correct when wrong. Provide key-notes to take home and start introducing the topic. 

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