Weekly Tribes 2018: Imagine, now Write!

This combination of energizers comes from Susan in Arizona, a professional development consultant and student in the current Tribes Basic Online Course (BOC).  Susan has written and produced two award winning children’s albums that use Music as Literature, Two ‘Read -With -Me’–‘Sing-With -Me ‘ activity books, and taught Creative Drama and math manipulative workshops for teachers and university students. 

Her passion is supporting strategies that respect the child’s point of view and the Tribes Basic Online Course has strengthened her ‘tool kit’ for future teaching.

She uses these two energizer/strategies to engage students in discovering their creative writing talents with poetry.

The first energizer is called “Walking on Surfaces”.
It begins like this:
Everyone takes a space in the room to move. Call out a surface like’ snow’ or wet grass. As soon as the word is said, the children imagine they are walking on that surface with bare feet and walk, without making any voice sounds, until they hear my hands ‘clap’ together, or hit a drum, or ring a bell sound. At that point, they freeze in any position and wait to hear what the next surface will be.

The Response to Environment energizer is an extension and is processed like this:
Have the class sit on the floor in a circle.

“Instead of walking on a surface,  we are going to try and feel what is like to be in an atmosphere. The atmosphere is all around us. Our whole body will feel whatever atmosphere I call out. Last time we you walked on snow. now it could be a snowstorm you are inside of. How will your body feel? How will you decide to move? Remember to be ‘sincere’ and think about who you are and what you are doing.

Have the students  take a space in the classroom where they are free to move around.
Call out several atmospheres for them to move in. Some examples could be ‘warm sun’, under the sea, ‘in a Barrel of Peanut Butter’, in a ‘Rainbow’, and ‘A Rain Storm’.

There is always a reflection time after these processes. Questions such as what did you see you could believe, and what could you do differently next time, can be used for discussion.