Pro and Con grid
Time requirements: 15-20 minutes
Special features: This technique helps students develop analytical and evaluative skills, and encourages them to go beyond initial reactions to complex issues. It can be used in any discipline: students can evaluate the pros and cons of a procedure, technique, conclusion, action of a fictional character, political decision, etc.
- Divide students into small groups, if necessary.
- Specify how many pros and cons you’d like each individual or group to develop.
- Allow five to ten minutes for discussion or silent thought.
- Ask for input: write pros on one side of the board and cons on the other side.
- Combine pros and cons that are very similar, and count the number of times they recur to show their perceived importance.
Function in the class: Consider using the pros and cons as the basis for a debate, or for a discussion/lecture structured around the evaluation of course material.