Take Off - Touch Down is a simple strategy to use for review or getting to know students that also incorporates simple, structured movement.
ASOT Elements: E14, E27
- Ensure all students are seated.
- Present a question or statement requiring a dichotomous response (e.g., yes/no, agree/disagree, applies/doesn't apply, true/false).
- Provide thinking time before cueing students to "take off" (stand up) or "touch down" (remain seated).
- (Optional) Pair students for brief (On-the-Clock) conversations about why they responded as they did.
- Repeat for additional questions.
- Model proper behavior for standing and sitting.
- Don't forget wait time before cueing students to respond. In fact, consider prompting students to "make their thinking visible" with a Quick Write of their reasoning first, especially if the content is complex.
- It's okay if students look around before responding. Consider this feedback as well since it tells you that students aren't yet confident of the best response.
- increases oxygen to the brain with simple movement
- causes more students to engage with content than hand raising
- uses novelty to motivate