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Strike a Pose

Gist: You assign multiple choice questions, and students respond by striking the corresponding pose.


Why Do It? Students zone out and miss crucial instruction if they aren't engaged.  Getting students up, out of their desks, physically responding to your questions encourages participation and increases the fun of any lesson, and you can quickly see who's got it and who doesn't.



-ABCD Pose Images

-Your own multiple choice questions













Set Up:

1.  Pick a set of multiple choice questions.

2.  Save the ABCD Pose Images to display with your questions--may be projected, embedded in your slidshow, etc.


To Play:

1.  Assign multiple-choice questions.

2.  Display the pose pictures.

3.  Students strike the pose that corresponds with their answer.

4.  Laugh and giggle.  Look around to get an idea who's got it and who doesn't.

5.  Show the correct answer.

6.  Repeat.


Caution and Tips:

-Give clear expectations for pose-striking-behavior (hands and bodies must be kept to self, etc).  Discuss that the karate pose is not permission to kick your neighbor in the jaw.

-Have the students spread out a bit.

-Students will look at each other to try to decide which pose is correct.  That's OK.  This is not meant to be an individual assessment, and you can still notice who is posing with confidence and who's a bit more reluctant.



-Make your own pose cards using pictures of the students and their own poses.

-Can be integrated with classroom yoga for a brain break that doesn't interrupt your lesson.


Adaptations for students with special needs:

-Students who cannot strike the pose can use just the arm position, or you can print the pose pictures as cards for them to hold up.

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