Staff Development Strategies

Take Off, Touch Down

Jennifer Arns's picture

Learners stand and sit to answer questions as the teacher polls the group.


Take Off-Touch Down is better than Raise a Hand. Our brains consume 20% more oxygen when we stand and the blood that pools in our seat and feet is moved up to the brain. Blood contains oxygen.


  1. Teacher makes a statement.
  2. Learners to whom the statement applies stand up ("Take Off").
  3. Those to whom it does NOT apply remain seated.
  4. Teacher makes the next statement:
  • Standing learners: If a statement applies, remaining standing; otherwise sit down ("Touch Down").
  • Seated learners: If statement applies, stand up; otherwise remain seated.
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