So as we approach the end of the school year in New Zealand and Australian schools, we sum up our year of learning and begin to wind down!
We think about everything we have achieved and ensure our students reflect on the year that has passed, and how they can be great learners for future years.
One of the activities that I do every year is called “warm fuzzies” – I love it and it is truly inspirational – I highly recommend you trying it with your students this year and letting me know how it goes.
You will need:
– a class of students
– a bunch of post it notes
– felt tip markers (1 per student)
– time (all an hour for a class of 20-25 students)
The idea of this activity is to reflect and inspire.
Start by getting the students to form a circle (preferably sitting outside) – it is crucial that the teacher is involved in this process.
Give students a run down about how it works – set the rules (I.e. No calling out, only nice things, be descriptive, be proud).
One by one, the students sit in the middle of the circle and the circle of students all write a ‘warm fuzzy’ comment to their classmate in the middle. The comment must be kind, something they like about that person or something they know about the person. An example might be: a kind, friendly person who loves her sport. I will miss you Jessica ….
You can either do this one at a time or have 2 students in the middle at once (time depending).
Students then read out their comments to the person in the middle and stuck their post it note on them. At the end, the student is left feeling warm and fuzzy inside, with a class load of positive post it notes. I make them read them aloud to own their statement and to double check they are positive. You can speed the process up if required by sending several students up at once.
I always finish the session by going into the circle and getting the students to give me some ‘warm fuzzies’. I love it and it is truly inspirational!
I can’t wait to hear how you utilise this idea in your context. Please post some replies and let me know how your ‘warm fuzzy’ session went.
Also tweet me @mrkempnz – would love to see some photos and comments