The Social Barometer strategy is also known as the “Stand Where I Stand” strategy. This type of discussion, or debate, assists students in sharing their opinions on controversial topics and ideas. It can also help students expand their positions on a topic, and allow them to accept new or difficult information in a controlled and effective way.
There are many different variations of the social barometer strategy. A few are; forced decision: yes, no or undecided, Post-It notes barometer, and presenting different perspectives. Many teachers adapt the technique to what fits their classroom and students the best.
Links to Lesson Plans
https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/10/skills-and-strategies-the-four-corners-exercise-to-inspire-writing-and-discussion/ https://amhistory.si.edu/docs/Human_Barometer_Activity.pdf https://www.facinghistory.org/sites/default/files/viewing-guide-barometer.pdf
* Students learn how to form opinions on various topics * Students learn how to articulate their ideas in a clear manner *Students are exposed to a variety of opinions, ideas, and points of view
*Students may have a difficult time presenting their ideas in a mature manner *This may bring up difficult topics that the students feel uncomfortable with *May end up excluding some children with auditory processing issues