Would You Rather?
This activity can be used as an introductory, warm-up, or icebreaker. It can be used to start spirited debates and conversations about preferences and personal ideas. Additionally, it can be reused with the same group of students with no repetition.
Learning about individual preferences, practicing justification (defending a controversial position), and lowering learner affective filter through hypothetical situations. This activity can also be used to solicit learner feedback throughout the course, or as a prompt for students (have them create their own binaries).
Download the spreadsheet with 94 sample ‘would you rather’ questions (Excel file, 19 KB). If you want to modify any selections, there are instructions provided on the sheet titled ‘instructions.’ Use the spreadsheet to generate 10 ‘would you rather’ prompts, and present them to your students.
Duration varies based on the number of questions used, and class size. Estimate at least 2-3 minutes per question to allow for ample preparation and presentation.
If the randomly selected questions are unsuitable, it is easy to reselect prompts. If the teacher wants to modify the list of prompts, instructions are provided on the ‘Instructions’ sheet of the excel spreadsheet. Another possible adaptation is for teachers to invite students to create their own ‘would you rather’ binaries.
Microsoft Excel (or Google Sheets).
Download ‘Would you rather’ sample questions (Excel, 19KB).
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