Ponder It, Post It


Ponder It, Post It encourages students to think about a topic and record their responses individually before sharing their ideas with their classmates.


  1. Explain to students that they will think individually about a topic or answer to a question and write their response on a sticky note. Then they will be asked to post their response in a designated location, such as on a wall or chart paper.
  2. Ponder It: Ask students a relevant critical-thinking question related to the health concept about which they are learning. Ask them to think about their response or perspective about the question for a given amount of time (usually 1 to 3 minutes).
  3. Post It: Ask students to write down their responses on a sticky note and then post their responses in a designated place such as on a sheet of chart paper placed by the classroom door or one designated for their group.
  4. Students may then consolidate the responses in small groups (usually 2 to 5 minutes), or the educator may use the responses to assess student learning.

Important Considerations

Ponder It, Post It helps students think about their perspective, consider other points of view, and share their ideas in a format other than a whole-class or small-group discussion.

This strategy promotes classroom participation, as it provides an opportunity for all students to share their thinking in a less public forum as well as increase their comprehension of and connection to the material.