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Blind Alley

Thomas Martin

Description

Students work together to gather communication skills, leadership, trust, respect and creativity in this indoor/outdoor activity.

Objectives

The student knows skills for communicating effectively with family, friends, and others.

Materials

-A variety of small objects such as: Frisbees, hacky sacks or any soft objects to lay on the ground that will not be damaged if stepped on
-Blindfolds (optional for younger age groups)
-Two long ropes approximately 3/8 inch in diameter and approximately 50 feet long

Preparations

1. Have the rope laid out in the direction and path selected for students.
2. Have your blindfolds available if you choose to use them.

Procedures

Students will be assessed on their ability to work together to gather communication skills, leadership, trust, respect and creativity.

The objective for this activity is to have groups of approximately 10 students. Try not to have more than 16 students but no less than 8 students for this activity to be successful. Having an even number of students is important because the group will need to be paired in partners.
1. Lay both ropes down on the ground running parallel with each other. Depending on how many students are participating, determine how wide or narrow the ropes need to be placed away from each other. You may even want to have a turn or two in the layout of the ropes.

2. Once the ropes are laid out, identify the beginning and end of the ropes. Explain the activity to students and discuss the importance of effective communication. As a group, talk about effective communication skills and how these can be practiced in this activity. (providing detailed information, speaking in a clear, audible voice, listening carefully, etc.)

3. Following the discussion, have the team members stand facing each other, one team member standing on one side of the start line and the other team member on the other side of the start line. Let your students know that one team member will stand at the starting line, not being allowed to move from that spot, and the other member will walk through the pathway with either his eyes closed or blindfolded.

4. Each member walking through the pathway will have to listen closely to listen for the partner to verbally guide them through the pathway because everyone will be trying to speak to their partner at the same time.

5. Once both team members have gone through the pathway, consider changing the pathway’s direction and even adding a few obstacles such as: frisbees, hacky sacks or any other soft object that will not be damaged if stepped on. (You will probably try to add the objects or move the ropes while the students that are about to participate have their backs to the pathway at the start line.)

6. Once the activity is completed, ask the group questions like: Can anyone give an example of communication? Did the group show any teamwork? If so give an example. How did trust play a part in this activity?

Assessments

Observe to see if the students are able to use different methods of effective communication such as: saying words like -green- for going straight or -red- for stopping. Listen for any words that the two members have decided they will use to determine their commands from the rest of the group members.

Observe to see how each student works within the group. Students should exhibit qualities of cooperative workers such as: working together, not arguing, listening to others in the group, etc..

Listen to the students discuss the activity to see if there is much thought put into the discussion at the end of the activity. Students should demonstrate knowledge of skills for communicating effectively with friends or others.

Extensions

The instructor can be as creative as he/she wishes. Use different scenarios such as strategic or even real-world accomplishments.
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