T & L activity of the week – Challenge and Defend

This is a useful student-led questioning strategy that encourages high level thinking skills.

  • Students work in groups of 4;
  • A question is posed and each student writes a response on a post it note;
  • With their partner, they need to challenge the other pair’s ideas by questioning it and  also defend their idea to the other pair;
  • Swap the post it notes so each student now has an answer that is not their own one;
  • With their partner, repeat the challenge/ defend process (the idea is that it should be harder as students are not defending their own idea so it should require more thought).
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