Young Team Builders
It's Never Too Early To Start Changing The World
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This post is submitted by Charlotte, a high school sophomore team builder.
The most memorable moment I've had as a Young Team Builder was getting to facilitate, 'Cross the Line'.* This activity digs deep into the personal lives of those participating in the activity and takes a lot of trust to open up. When I facilitated it in my class, it was amazing. Everyone was willing to open up.
This was memorable to me because it was a turning point in the semester of the class I teach.
I facilitated this activity with the outcome, 'we are all in this together' and I think that is what brought us closer. It was amazing to see who had shared experiences with you, without you even knowing it. This lesson and teaching a class in general taught me to be kind regardless, because you never know what someone has going on.
*A brief summary of Cross the Line (a future detailed is in the works). All students are standing behind a line - on the gym floor or behind a long rope outside. The facilitator has a prepared list of questions, from less to more risky or revealing. (These questions are checked for appropriateness by the teacher.) Less risky questions would be something like, "Cross the Line if you like math?" Or, "Cross the Line if you have siblings." If the student wants to reveal, he or she crosses the line and stands on the 'other side' of the line until the facilitator asks everyone to step back. Riskier, or more revealing questions, might include, "Cross the line if you are a vegetarian." "Cross the line if you've ever failed a test." This activity is not presented in this class until there is a strong foundation of trust. And, no one is ever forced to reveal anything they are uncomfortable with. (This summary was written by Chris Cavert, co-editor or YoungTeamBulders.com)
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