Series Sarah Brown Wessling's Visit to Tulare County Schools: The Stand-Up Game: A Classroom Strategy

The Stand-Up Game: A Classroom Strategy

Lesson Objective: Encourage active participation through the stand-up game
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Discussion and Supporting Materials

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?

85 Comments

  • Private message to Julio Jacobo-Martinez

Ms. Wessling uses a very fun activity to get the class started. This strategy will be great for early in the morning as well as for the after-lunch class. Usually our kiddos come back tired and sleepy after lunch, therefore an activity like this will be great to get them energize and ready to learn. A lot of times we tend to ask for volunteers when it comes down to class participation and we usually get the same student raising their hand. I started calling students randomly instead of asking for volunteers. When students don’t know the answer, he/she is allowed to ask a friend for help but I still ask for that student to report back to the class.  That way they do not opt-out from participating.

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  • Private message to Aundrea Gamble

1. How does Ms. Wessling make this game a low-stakes activity?

Ms. Wessling doesn't pressure any student to participate. More than likely the students will start participating on their own. Instead of trying to get someone to raise their hand, the students are already standing which flips the students participation. 

2. How does this game promote active listening and participation?

This game promotes active listening and participation simply by snapping their fingers after someone reads. It shows that you are paying attention to the reader along with showing your teacher you are participating. 

3. Ms. Wessling says she often uses this game for her early morning classes. When might you use this game in your classroom? 

I would use this game in my early morning classes as well. 

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  • Private message to Jacob Walter

With this method you are giving your classroom the insentive and choice that if they share a piece of information with the class they are able to take a seat at their desk.  This not only keeps people awake and focused on what their classmate is saying but also helps to reinforce information learned in previous classes. 

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  • Private message to Gillann Mae Buena

I like this concept of reversing the way the students should be engaged in the classroom. The teacher is not forcing anyone to talk, but it does give everyone the equal opportunity  to share because their main goal is to sit down. It not only wakes up the students, but uses reverse pychology on the students. Typically, students hate to share their thoughts or answers, but with this game they would hate to be the only one standing or not sharing. I can see teachers modifying this for thier classrooms and fitting it for the needs of their students.

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  • Private message to enrique black

I get that Ms.Wessling is a high school teacher, but sleepy students are an epidemic all the way down to k-5th grade. I am going to implement this game in my 5th grade classrooom and make it 5th grade friendly! I have a student this year who is a chronic sleeper and it has been documented throughout his elementary career. Hopefully this will help him change that. 

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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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