In Creative Writing, it’s imperative a safe space is built in order for the kids to loose some of their inhibitions. I have a LOT of introverts this year, and I can tell it’s going to take a little longer than normal to build that “trust bubble.” That’s ok, though, because I’ve already noticed progress!
In order to help with creating that safe space, we play team-building games in the classroom. The one they played during the last class was The Human Knot. With this game, everyone crowds in a tights circle and extends an arm inwards, and grabs another person’s hand. Then they put their other hand in and grab a hand of someone else. Once they’ve accomplished that, they work together in trying to unknot themselves. They aren’t allowed to break their hands, but they are allowed to rotate their hands and arms in order to be as comfortable as possible. I allowed for 2 breaks if they came to a point they couldn’t work through, and only if everyone in the knot agreed to it. It was challenging, but they had fun!