What is it?
Four Corners is a low-stakes way to encourage learners to evaluate their own perspective on controversial or complex topics. Educators assign different responses to each corner of the room, and then pose questions, statements, or prompts. Learners respond to these questions by moving to the corner of the room that most closely aligns with their beliefs. Learners are then called on to explain or justify their position, leading to class-wide discussions on the topic.
Why do it?
- This activity promotes deep learning by requiring learners to reflect on their own understanding, values, and perspectives.
- In seeing others’ responses, Four Corners enables learners to learn their peers’ positions and beliefs.
- Four Corners stimulates learning through moving around and discussing or debating concepts with peers.