This year, I tried the four corners activity to teach the concept of paradoxes with my 10th graders. I posted paradoxes on the board (that I found actually from Goodreads.com) and they had to go to a corner to indicate if they Agreed, Disagreed, Somewhat Agreed, and Somewhat Disagreed.
Once they were in their corners, a student or two "defined" or "translated" the paradox. At that point, some students moved to different corners because they had misunderstood the meaning. Then volunteers in each corner explained why they had chosen their stances. Again, some students were so convincing that this caused movement.
It was a very successful activity. One modification I made in a section with several students with learning challenges is that I had them first sit at their desks and read and absorb the paradoxes before moving around the room.
Here are the paradoxes:
“We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.”
“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”
“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.”
“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit”
“All generalizations are false, including this one.”
“Give me an honest con man any day.”
“The trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.”
“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”
“One of the great constants in life is change.”