One of the keys to Classroom Management is getting students to work well together.
Group work is tricky if students don’t know one another. Why should I share something with this guy who doesn’t say two words in class?
Over the next four weeks the Saturday Exercises will act as building blocks toward a more cohesive group through activities that will help your students learn about each other.
Students often feel their particular fears are singular to their experience. Because of this, they’re afraid to share their fears. Nothing bonds a group together quite like the knowledge that their fears are shared. Everyone is in the same boat together.
There are many variations of this exercise. It’s a great activity for students to express their “what’s going to happen in drama class” fears in an anonymous way.
Fear Reflection: Have students reflect on the exercise – what was it like to write down something you fear? What did it feel like to discuss the fears? Describe fear using the five senses. Re-iterate to students that they don’t have to divulge their fear.
Alternative: If you want to change the focus of the exercise, use a dream sentence starter: My biggest dream is to…