I’ve written about using reaction GIFs in the classroom before, but a few collections recently caught my eye. A reaction GIF is a small, animated image that typically summarizes a mood or feeling more quickly or succinctly than words can. For example, in the image above, quarterback Tom Brady unsuccessfully searches for a teammate to high five. Many of us can probably relate to this situation; even if you’ve never been left hanging for a high five, this GIF can still be a metaphor for other times in your life in which the people surrounding you are unable or unwilling to share in your excitement.
The following links to Reddit contain a treasure trove of reaction GIFs. Note that, like anything on the internet, some of the content may not be safe for work (NSFW). Depending on the student population you work with, you may want to preview this material before you use any of these reaction GIFs in your classroom. As I wrote in my previous post, these GIFs can serve as excellent starting points for student discussions, writing activities, and more.
If you could sum up your life in a GIF, what would it be? – In this Reddit forum, Redditors post their reaction GIF responses to this question. As you click through them, you’ll notice themes of self-deprecating humor and a bit of depression becoming the common refrain. Many of these GIFs summarize a generally frustrated attitude, which can be interesting.
GIFs as comments collection – This is a collection of comment / reaction GIFs. Many of the posts have links to multiple GIFs. Lots of general and generic internet forum reactions here.
Retired GIF – This is a subreddit in which Redditors post links to conversation threads in which a GIF has been posted as a response in the “most appropriate context conceivable.” Each link will take you to the conversation including the GIF and the context in which it was used. If you’re not familiar with how GIFs are used as part of online discussions, this will get you acquainted very quickly.