Take Off, Touch Down

Type of strategy: Closings and Wrap UpEnergizers and State ChangersGamesMovementOpeners & Get to Know You

Intended Audience: StudentsTeachers

Learning styles: EN: Extraversion and IntuitionES: Extraversion and SensingIN: Introversion and IntuitionIS: Introversion and Sensing

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.


Kagan Structures

Related strategies: 

Stand and Go

Submitted by: Jennifer Arns