Yes, The Human Knot!
Advocacy Focus, East Early College High School
Monday, October 16, 2017
Essential Question: How are we all connected?
Task: Students will work together to untangle their human knot.
- Clear a Space- make sure there is enough room for groups of 10 to stand comfortably in a circle (divide your family in three even groups-as even as possible).
- Shoulder to Shoulder- make sure the students are standing shoulder to shoulder facing each other in the circle.
- Reach Across- Direct participants to reach across the circle with one hand and shake hands with another person--then reach with the other hand and do the same with a new person.
- Untangle- now, they must untangle themselves without letting go of their hands.
- Time-Give the group up to 10 minutes.
- If there is too much of a struggle, then allow the group ONE unclasp and reclasp of hands. (The group must discuss and decide which two hands will be unclasp or reclasp.
- (If type permits, then create either one large group with the whole advocacy group or two groups) and repeat the steps.
Reflection and Discourse
- Discuss the strategies they used- positive and negative.
- Why were some groups more effective than others?
- What did you like and dislike about the Human Know?
- How does the Human Knot relate/or connect to group projects/or assignments?
- What does it mean to collaborate effectively? What are the traits of an effective group?
*Advice the students to bring any work/or assignments they are struggling with on Wednesday.