Friday, January 7, 2011

Rumor Control

The spring 2011 semester at my college began Wednesday. The first day of classes is always interesting. Students filter in and immediately look for seats in the back of the room. I can almost see a cartoon bubble flashing fearfully above their heads: “Eeeew, I hate writing; I’m going to fail!”

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To help them relax, I made a game out of scrapbook paper and quotes found online. The colors were chosen to reflect the college’s logo scheme. I named the game “Rumor Control”; it is much like “Gossip” or “Telephone” you might have played years ago. The activity helped a lot last semester, so I gave it a go again in my new classes.

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This is one of five different quotes I used. There is one card per row of students. The first student reads the card to the next student who listens and relays the information to the next person who writes it down and passes it along. The process continues to the end of the row. When the class is ready, the first person in each row reads the original card aloud and the last student verbalizes the message that he/she received.

The class ends up laughing at some of the absurd distortions resulting from the exercise. Besides the amusing factor, the students learn that communication and understanding changes from person to person. The map to understanding is not always clear.

The imaginary bubble of fear hovering over their heads evaporates. Now my students are ready to learn and I am eager to teach them.


Yummers! said...

That was a super clever game! But then, you are a very clever and creative woman!!

MAKE this a great day!

Jane said...

I am going to try this with my fourth graders. I'll use much simpler quotes, but I am sure they will love it!

Ashley said...

Cute game.
We missed you at the "naughty" table at Sit and Stitch last night. :)

Photographic art by Diane said...

June, your students are so fortunate. They are really going to benefit from your creativity, not to mention how much they're going to enjoy your class!

Shauna said...

Oh June, this is SO much better than the usual "go around the room and introduce yourself" exercises that I have to endure in my classes (which start next week - eek!). I doubt my professors would have the presence of mind to try such a fun icebreaker - I wish I was in your class! :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I know you must be a wonderfully engaging and caring professor, June. Your class is lucky to have you!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh, I would love to be in one of your classes! You must be an awesome professor!

Storybook Woods said...

I wish you were my teacher. Most of waht I read about writitng does not make me want to write!!! xoxox Clarice