In-class activity for reasoning

Photo of Mindtrap game

Using selected cards from the game Mindtrap, I developed a brief exercise for students to do before discussing reasoning.

  • Break the students into small groups.
  • Each group should assign one person to be a recorder, they do not participate in the activity but observe and make notes and share their observations with the class in the debriefing.
  • Each group gets one Mindtrap card (actually I give them a copy since the cards have the answers on the back). They are to work at solving the problem.
  • If they get stuck, they can ask for a hint.
  • If they finish quickly, they can ask for another.
  • After about 10 minutes, have the recorders describe how each group solved or attempted to solve the problem.

Most of the problem solutions will use deductive reasoning, so I then start with that discussion and compare it to their problems.

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I believe public speaking can go from most dreaded class to favorite class. I'm a former public speaking college instructor who spent years seeking out activities, assignments and examples to make the class interactive as well as educational -- they are collected here. I welcome suggestions for additions.

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