Series: Sarah Brown Wessling's Visit to Tulare County Schools

The Stand-Up Game: A Classroom Strategy
Lesson Objective: Encourage active participation through the stand-up game
All Grades / All Subjects / Engagement

Thought starters

  1. How does Ms. Wessling make this game a low-stakes activity?
  2. How does this game promote active listening and participation?
  3. Ms. Wessling says she often uses this game for her early morning classes. When might you use this game in your own classroom?
78 Comments

Its pretty ingenious to get kids to participate by getting them to stand and then giving them the reward of sitting for participation. Sitting is great and standing is a lot of work. This seems like the kind of activity that the students would find a little silly but it looks like it would work without them realizing it

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I like this strategy because it gets students to participate who might not normally. It gets them all to stand up and help wake them up. It's also a low-stakes activity that doesn't pressure them to do so. I also like the positive snaps she was given to students who chose to participate. 

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We can say that we have all been there. In a class with not much activity, the students are bound to get bored and not focus. The stand up strategy helps interaction as well as help with comprehensive skills.
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I think this is not only very interesting but it is also very effective in getting students to participate and become engaged. I am definitely going to try this in the future as I become an educator! Thank you for this!!
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This game is very interesting and easy. I feel like it's a good way to get people to participate and share their work. I think this would work really well for new teachers because it will allow us to class participation before we fully get to know the class and how they respond with participation.
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Transcripts

  • The Stand-Up Game: A Classroom Strategy Transcript

    Speaker 1: One of my favorite strategies for getting students to respond in a

    The Stand-Up Game: A Classroom Strategy Transcript

    Speaker 1: One of my favorite strategies for getting students to respond in a different way is to play the stand-up game.

    All right, we’re going to play the stand-up game. Will everybody stand up. This is the stand-up game.

    I’ve taught for 17 years and for most of those 17 years, I’ve taught first or second hour. I’ve got a lot of 17 and 18-year-olds who come tired in the morning and one of the first things I learned long ago is that there’s no good in saying, “Wake up.”

    Everybody stand up.

    Let’s just stand up.

    All right. You get to sit down if you choose to share your response. You get to sit down if you choose to share your response. Who’s up for it? Okay, here we go.

    We just stand up and you get to sit down when you contribute.

    Speaker 2: The Congo River symbolizes dehumanization because the people on the river are acting inhumane by treating other people by being cruel to them.

    Speaker 1: Absolutely, got it, nice. Anybody else?

    What I love about this is that there isn’t necessarily pressure to participate.

    Speaker 3: This treatment within the Congo and its people, along with showing the dehumanization of the Congolese.

    Speaker 1: Wow, that’s fantastic.

    Instead of just waiting for people to raise their hand, everybody is already standing. It’s a way to flip that mode of participation.

    One last person.

    Speaker 4: The evil in the story helps to move the story along suggesting that evil in our environs and surroundings is necessary to help develop us into who we are.

    Speaker 1: Nice.

    It’s a great tip for new teachers.

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