Context Note: The footage was taken at a day-long team building facilitator training. I kept in the "learning" conversations. I thought some of you out there might benefit from the thinking that went on during this discovery process. (Alfie Kohn might call this, taking the facilitators, and you, "backstage" for some Deep Modeling as a way of learning.)
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Set Up: Place 10 nested stacks of 30 cups each (300 Cups), inside a hula-hoop (or maybe even make a small box shape on the floor with tape).
Objective: Gain as many points as possible in two minutes. Every cup that is not touching the floor after two minutes earns you a point.
Directions: If you have time, and the planning dynamic is part of the group's program objective (e.g., practicing planning behaviors), allow for unlimited time to plan and practice before the first official two-minute build. If you don't have unlimited time, give them, say, three minutes to plan and practice before the first build, then maybe, two minutes before the second build and one minute before the final third build.
- Round 1 Footage: Participants can be used as resources/props.
- Round 2 Footage: Participants CANNOT be used as props.
Rules: (Applied to either Round 1 or 2 set up. Each round, or variation, includes three building attempts.)
- After two minutes, only cups outside of the hula-hoop will count for points.
- Any nested cups, one or more cups inside of each other, will not count for points.
- After two minutes, all "hand" must be off the cups. Then, after three seconds, "1, 2, 3," the cups that remain off the ground can be counted for points. (It might be faster to count the cups NOT off the floor, then minus this number from 300 for the score.)
- When you (the group) are ready to start an official two-minute building, let your facilitator know. The facilitator will keep time and inform you about time remaining.
Also, at this time, I would choose one of the variations and take time for three two-minute building sessions in order to see how the evolution of the builds turn out. What will be "success" for the/your group?
Let us know how it goes. Leave a Comment below.
All the best,
Chris Cavert, Ed.D.