K1 Activity 2 – Walk With Me

Introduction

A sense of trust is an essential ingredient for students to feel comfortable learning together. “Trust Walks” are a traditional cooperative movement activity that helps build community and connection. They can be a real eye opener for students’ interactions—in order to participate in the game, they have to trust a friend to be there for them, just like an adult helps a baby! It is important to be very clear about the boundaries of the activity and the safety issues inherent in the game.


Description

Students play a trust game to explore and discuss how it feels to support others in a challenging situation, and also how it feels to need help during those challenges.


Principle Overview

Students are learning skills every day at an amazingly rapid pace, moving through the many emotional stages of learning. Sadly, in our society people can be shamed for simply going through the steps of learning something new. In the day-to-day realities of childhood, sometimes students’ relative strengths and weaknesses can be used against them. Reminding ourselves and students to live with the principle that WE ALL ARE LEARNING can free us from a rigid sense of “right” and “wrong” and give a flexible quality to our interactions with others.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Develop a sense of empathy as they experience helping others and being helped
  • Build a sense of self-acceptance and perseverance as they support another’s attempts at a challenging task
  • Provide a large open space for movement.
  • Preview Funky As A Diaper song.
  • Some students may be uncomfortable with the activity at first. You can offer to be their partner so that they can get the feel for it. Other students may feel more comfortable leading than following and may find this activity challenging.
When students are in a safe and supportive learning environment, they are able to view mistakes and challenges as part of the learning process and are able to work through difficulties. They begin to understand that learning includes trial, error, practice, perseverance, and accomplishment, and can allow themselves to explore solving problems without fear of making mistakes. Brain Bloomers can help students find build perseverance while finding solutions to problems, even when challenging. And by celebrating a new accomplishment, their hard work and perseverance is reinforced.

  • Encourage partners to use Brain Bloomers as they navigate around the room.
  • At the conclusion of the activity, ask students to share the Brain Bloomers they used.
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Activity Steps

  • Connector.

    Watch the Funky As A Diaper music video together or listen to the song together.

  • Connector.

    Talk about the importance of learning to trust people in your life, explaining that when we trust special adults and friends, we can ask for help when we are learning something. We can also show them our strengths and weaknesses.

  • Connector.

    Ask students why they think it might be important to trust others. Ask:

    Do you have someone you trust?
    What do you trust them with?
    How does that feel?

  • Connector.

    In an uncluttered space, invite students to take a “Trust Walk” with a friend. Play the Funky As A Diaper song as an inspirational accompaniment:

    To play the game, one friend closes her eyes while the other carefully leads her around the room. (Kindergarten students may want to leave their eyes open).

    Communication is essential, and at times, the one being lead will feel like she is just learning how to walk. The strengths and weaknesses of the team will also become apparent, but by working together, it will all work out!

    Trade places! It is important for each child to have the experience of learning how to lead, and learning how to be lead.

  • Connector.

    Gather together at the end of the activity to reflect on the experience. You might ask:

    What did you learn about walking with your eyes closed?
    How did it feel to trust your friend to support and help you?
    How is this similar to the Funky As A Diaper song?
    What did you learn?
    Did you use any of The 5 Stages of Learning Like a Baby to play?

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