BEST PRACTICES K-12
Best Practices K-12
|Additional Best Practices|
Laura Simpson - Mine Field: Leadership, Followers, problem solving, teamwork
Some participants may try to jump or run backwards through the minefield. Caution the group that for the safety of all participants, all travelers must move slowly and carefully.
Some people lose their balance very easily without sight. Watch for unsteady travelers. Adjust parameters so they are more comfortable.
Have 2 or 3 voices giving directions - Who can you trust? How do you know you can trust someone? Be the voice of doubt by questioning the traveler's movements.
Each student is given a paper cup on which to write one problem they might have to deal with in high school (drugs, homework, choosing a college, etc.). The cups are randomly placed in the minefield. There are many variations including having many students yelling directions to the traveler. The discussion can center on the importance of listening to trustworthy people and not being influenced by the group.
Joy Jones - Icebreaker: Rock or Feather
Ask are you a rock or a feather? Have students describe the qualities of both. Have students move to one side of the room or the other depending on whether they are a rock or a feather. There can be no middle ground for this activity. Discuss why the choices were made. How do rocks and feathers perceive each other? Discuss the positive and negative aspects about being either a rock or a feather. How do each handle things differently? This activity is designed to help students understand themselves and others.
Crystal Thurmond - Common Ground
Have the group stand in a large circle. Ask, "Have you ever _____?" (been to a parade, flown in an airplane, been bullied, etc.) After each question, if they answer yes, they are instructed to walk across the circle. This activity shows commonalities and opens communication.
Hold up a pencil. All of the good things in life are on the left, and all of the bad on the right. Which half do you want to keep? Break off the bad part. You still have both good and bad. Can you ever get rid of all the bad? How do you deal with it? Which direction you face matters.
The wolf has two parts to his heart - light and dark. Which one do you focus on?
FRUSTRATIONS AND SOLUTIONS
- getting it all done
- time for elementary
- making constant switches between younger and older students
- getting access to classes
- being relevant for teacher and student needs
+ have principal schedule guidance into the classroom time
+ leave posters or handouts for teachers to refer to throughout the week