Give One. Get One

Give one, get one is a classroom strategy to use when you want learners to answer a question that you ask the whole class.

It is a good strategy for EAL learners because they get a chance to hear other learners answers and build on their knowledge / check their understanding of classroom content without the pressure of answering in front of the whole class.

Here is how it works:

  1. Each student needs a piece of paper.
  2. Draw a line down the middle of the paper from top to bottom and label the left hand column ‘give one’ and the right hand column ‘get one’
  3. Next, as a teacher you ask the class a question that has a number of answers to it.
  4. Then the learners write down as many things as they can to answer the question in the ‘give one’ column. Give them a time limit of about 1 minute.
  5. When the time is up, learners stand up and find a partner and then they give one of their answers to their partner. As the partner listens to the answer they check their own list. If they have the same answer place a tick next to it. If they don’t have the answer then they can write it in the ‘get one’ column.
  6. When they have finished they need to raise their hands and find a new partner and continue to share answers until the teacher says stop.
  7. Once you feel that learners have shared enough of their answers you can ask for whole class feedback.

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