The ability for this activity to be tailored is one of the many reasons I choose it. There is a flexibility which allows for the questions to not only be changed to focus on one or many topics, but can also be adjusted to be age appropriate for students. Younger children may not have the very skills to be able to talk about subjects like worries, but it can be a way to introduce these ideas for them to practice. Additionally, older adolescents may find that they did not fully grasp what their thoughts on different subjects are until these types of questions are asked as our overall class mentioned in the processing portion of the activity.
Another option for change would to build sense of autonomy and allow the students participating in the activity to pick what reward or colored item they would like to use. Some may enjoy have the colored candies but other may wish to incorporate Legos instead. Students can start building a structure when they have answered a question. This simple adjustment may increase the buy in by the students. Additionally, instead of going around in a circle answering all the questions using one color at a time, there are added opportunity to involve some variance of what the question may be by pulling it out of a bag. This suggestion, ...
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... at times it felt that the activity was not being taken seriously. Laughter is great, but the seriousness of the topic seems to be missing at times. I believe there is always more opportunity to also assert myself in situations such as those, but I would need to reflect more on what I could have done to change the situation. There also were moments of side tracked the discussion in that the focus moved away from when individuals where talking.
While there are strengths and weakness of the activity I choose, I believe overall it was well received by the class. I would continue to use this activity with school age children, as I believe there is an opportunity to learn in a group setting. I want the students I interact to feel comfortable with who they are and the setting they are in. This activity can possibility facilitate the beginning of that in the future.
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