What are You Doing?
Contributed by Heidi Stallings
Develops focus and creativity, and reinforces the concept of having an activity vs. action. Utilizes physicality, voice, and collaboration.
- Participants begin in a standing circle.
- Facilitator asks students, “What’s one thing you did today before you came to school?
- Popcorn a few ideas out: “Ate breakfast”,” Watched a video game”, “Brushed my teeth”.
- Facilitator chooses one of the ideas such as “Brushed my teeth.”
- Facilitator mimes brushing her teeth and asks the participants, “What am I doing?”
- Facilitator calls on a quiet hand. Student answers, “Brushing your teeth.”
- Facilitator asks students, “Can you think of other activities we might do or have seen someone else do such as brushing your hair or playing basketball?”
- Facilitator takes a few suggestions, then asks for a few volunteers to act out the suggestions. This time, the whole group on the count of 3 asks: “What are you doing?” to the volunteer. The volunteer then responds with what they are doing.
- Facilitator then asks, “Are you ready for the next challenge?”
- Participants say, “Yes!”
- Facilitator walks to the center of the circle and starts an activity such as skipping. They then ask for a volunteer to come into the circle and ask them , “What are you doing?”
- Volunteer enters the circle and asks, “What are you doing?”
- Facilitator instructs the volunteer that they must do what they says they’re is doing.
- Facilitator then replies with something other than what they are doing, such as “Petting my dog.”
- Volunteer acts out “Petting my dog.”
- Repeat with a new volunteer entering the circle.
- What surprised you?
- Did you surprise yourself?
- Which was more fun for you, doing the activity or asking “What are you doing?” Why?
- How did it feel to express yourself without words?
Choose an activity that was generated during the game or if the final activity is active, such as dribbling a basketball, use that activity and ask students to return to their desks doing that on a count of 10.
Open playing space
- This activity can be done in pairs and each pair does a couple of rounds of the game so the game is not as high focus.
- Students can participate by offering suggestions of activities, but only if the participant asks for help.
- Students who are less verbal or non-verbal can participate by striking a pose like a statue.
- CTs and Paras can side coach throughout to support engagement
- Students can add sound effects to their activities, such as the sound of an airplane flying overhead, etc.
- A classroom Teacher would be a great first volunteer or the first volunteer to go to the center of the circle and ask “What are you doing?
교사와 보조교사의 역할
- Participate and help generate ideas for what activity the students may be doing.
- Model first rounds
This can be played remotely as long as TA and students can perform the
activity in front of the screen.