Benefits

exercising analytical/evaluation skills

 

Instructor
Preparation
identifying an issue or dilemma (that is complex enough to have
multiple pro/con points)
Activity
Time
5-15 minutes (2-3 minutes for students to prepare grid,
remaining time spent discussing proposed answers).
Student
Participation

individuals

pairs

groups

Facilitation
Tips

Specify a certain number of pro/con points
that they will need to generate.

Create a master list of pros and cons for class
(combine, synthesize, criticize ideas together as a group).

Assessment low-stakes, formative (participation)

  
In this exercise, instructors identify an issue or dilemma within a specific topic and prompt students to create a pro/con (advantages/disadvantages) grid. After the grids are created, the instructor can either poll responses from each student/pair/group or call on various students to provide sample responses for discussion with the rest of the class.

Like think-pair-share, online discussion tools (such as Google Apps for Education) might help facilitate this activity outside of the classroom. The activity can be done in or outside of class, and then shared. If the activity does not have to be synchronous, NYU Classes features like the forum might also serve to support this strategy.