Help learners practice swift decision making 👉 Hot Spots

Thomas Courtley, ex teacher and LessonUp education specialist

Thomas Courtley

Education Specialist

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Draw a mind map on your classroom white board, or in a LessonUp slide. At the centre of the mind map add a question, assignment, statement, image, or fact. Is it true or false? Important or not so important? Help learners practice swift decision making, and express their opinion.

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Step 1 👉 True or false - mind map

If you decide to use LessonUp, add 4 hotspot components to your mind map, one per cardinal direction. In the upper one write the word: ‘Important’. In the lower one: ‘Not so important’. In the left hotspot you could indicate the word: ‘True’, or ‘Correct’. In the hotspot to the right, write: ‘False’, or ‘Incorrect’. 

Show the answers to the class, and then reveal the 2 horizontal hotspots. Is what they have indicated ‘true’ or ‘correct’? If so, drag the answers to the left side of the screen. If not, drag them to the right. What matters is that your students are stimulated to reveal their opinion and make a quick judgement call.


Step 2 👉 Important or not - same mind map

Now disclose also the other 2 hotspots: ‘Important’ and ‘Not so important’. Your students can now decide if the answers are important, or not so important. They work on expressing their personal opinion, and on interacting with their peers.

Encourage an interesting discussion to activate student engagement with the lesson material, and with their classmates. Many students love to voice their personal opinion. If, however, some don’t like talking out loud, you could ask them to share their opinion via a digital open-ended question.