End of the Line

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A game of quick recall, this activity adds a bit of the unexpected that will have students laughing, engaging and building a bit of community 💃🏼🕺🏼

 

This activity, students could be in larger groups but I would recommend no more than 6.

You will need to create rapid fire, knowledge based statements.  The statements should only be one sentence.  Here are some examples:

  • Assessment finding in sepsis

  • Skin changes related to peripheral vascular disease

  • Dietary instructions for a patient with Chrons

  • Appropriate IV fluid for hypernatremia

  • Normal range for hemoglobin

Have one student number a blank piece of paper with the number of statements that you have prepared.  Then all the students stand in a line behind that piece of paper.  When you give the first statement, the student will write down their response and hand the pen/pencil to the next student in line.  Only give them 10-20 seconds to write their response.  The idea here is rapid answer.  If they don't know, on to the next.  After they answer, they will then go to the end of the line.  You will give the next statement, the student will write it down, hand off the pen/pencil and go to the end of the line.  Once you are done, review all of the content with the large group by having the students share their responses.  

It is your choice whether to let the students discuss the answers while they are in the line.  I find that it leads to great informal problem-solving and team work.  I just make the rule that they cannot help the student with the pencil, they are on their own.

In the large group debrief, I will ask them at the end to write down 2 concepts that they need to review.  This quick game will often uncover some deficiencies in studying or application.

One element that makes this a “fun” review activity is to throw in oddball statements.  Questions like:

  • Who is your favorite Disney princess?

  • How do you like your coffee?

These should be sprinkled throughout and take some of the pressure off of being on the spot.  Students will have fun and laugh when they get an easy question and their peers will groan.  They are a quick way to build community when you review the answers as students get to know a bit about each other and find similar interests among their group members.

Variations:

If you have practice questions, you could use these rather than statements.  

If you are doing this one virtually, have students write down the answers independently as you announce them.  Then break them into small groups to compare answers.  Come back together as a large group and discuss the rationales with one student per question in the "hot seat".

Best for:

While you could make this a higher-level activity, it is best for quick knowledge recall.

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A fun fact . . .

I think it is important to remember that our first draft is often not our best work - but being brave enough to start is important.  After all, Buzz Lightyear’s original name was Larry Lunar.  Even Pixar creators need to modify and edit.