A simple activity can reveal much about how students view themselves. Students make and defend their choices in this activity, called Rock or Feather?
Are you more like a rock or a feather? summer or winter? the city or the country? Which word in each of those word pairs best describes you, your personality, your dreams?
Students make choices. For example, are they rocks or feathers? They have to choose one -- the one that describes them the best -- and they have to be able to explain why they made the choice.
Students might consider the following pairs:
- drama or comedy
- rock band or string quartet
- clothesline or kite string
- Big Mac or sirloin steak
- river or pond
- bat or ball
This opens up discussion... WHY?
They can discuss with students who chose the same reason and see if there are similar ideas etc.
- give more than 2 options (4 corners)
- give a statement and have students go to corner "strongly agree, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, strongly disagree" (I have done this with "moral dilemma's") Then they discuss and present and sometimes students chagne their opinions and join a different corner