BIG FISH SMALL FISH
(TOPIC: FAILING FORWARD)
FUN ENERGIZER GAME.
EVERYONE IN A CIRCLE. WE ARE GOING TO PASS A PATTERN ALONG THE CIRCLE. EVERYONE, AT THEIR TURN DOES EITHER:
SAY BIG FISH, AND HOLD BOTH HANDS IN FRONT OF YOU, ABOUT 10CM APART. "IT" THEN PASSES TO THE NEXT PERSON IN THE CIRCLE.
SAY SMALL FISH, AND HOLD BOTH HANDS IN FRONT OF YOU, ABOUT 60CM APART. WHEN THIS IS DONE, THE DIRECTION CHANGES.
STUDENTS THAT MISS (E.G. SAY SMALL FISH AND KEEP YOUR HANDS TOO CLOSE TOGETHER OR SAY BIG FISH AND MOVE HANDS WIDE) DO A FORFEIT, OR DIE WITH A LOUD NOISE AND FALL TO THE FLOOR.
TEACHER CHOICE- PLAY UNTIL ONLY ONE STUDENT IS LEFT OR INSTEAD PLAY A TIMED GAME (EG 5 MINUTES) AND STUDENTS KEEP SCORE OF THEIR ERRORS.
DEBRIEF: HOW DID IT FEEL TO MAKE A MISTAKE? WHY SHOULD WE GET COMFORTABLE MAKING MISTAKES WITH DIFFICULT THINGS. REFLECT: “MISTAKES ARE NOT FAILURES. THEY ARE PROOF THAT WE ARE MAKING AN EFFORT”. JOHN C MAXWELL. WHAT’S THE ALTERNATIVE TO MAKING A MISTAKE IN A GAME LIKE THIS?.
ACTIVITIES FOR PASTORAL CARE & WELLBEING CLASSES
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