Commit and Toss
Commit and Toss is a peer evaluation and writing strategy where students first respond in writing to a question or prompt. Second, the students will wad up that paper and toss it across the room. Each student then collects a nearby paper wad to read aloud in a GUIDED CLASSROOM DISCUSSION. This might be a good time to rearrange your desks to better suit this activity.
The discussion led by the teacher, promotes an environment in which all students participate in evaluating and revising the student responses to the question(s). Because Commit and Toss involves the entire class, it lends itself to brief writing exercises or sharing how to solve problems.
- Use the activity when learning to write thesis statements.
- Use the activity in Science classes to discuss hypotheses.
- Use the activity to have students share understanding of a problem, article, video, or story.
- Have students write the steps to solve a problem and then check for mastery through discussion.
- Check understanding before reviewing test material.