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