Student Contributor: S. Byrum
This tool is a great activity that can be used in the classroom to encourage students to work as a team. For this activity, students will attempt to pass a fork in one direction, and a spoon in the other, keeping the chain going in each direction. This activity helps build positive relationships in the classroom, which benefits their overall learning.
For this tool, the teacher will lead the activity, but the rest is done by the students. The teacher will gather all students into a circle. To start the activity, the teacher will turn to the student on their left, and say “this is a fork.” The teacher tells the student to reply with “a what?” The teacher will then answer back and say “a fork” The teacher will then have the same student reply with “oh a fork”, and have the student take the fork from their hand. That student who now has a fork will then turn to the student on their left and do the exact same thing. They will say “This is a fork”, and that student will reply with “a what?” The student with the fork will then turn back to the teacher and ask “a what?” The teacher will reply with “a fork”, and that student will then tell that student “a fork”, in which that student will say “Oh a fork!” This creates a chain, and it will repeat until the fork gets all the way around the circle. At the same time, the teacher will do the exact same thing with a spoon in the opposite direction. This activity is very challenging, but fun! This tool helps build relationships in the classroom, and helps teach students to work together.
This tool definitely fits in the supportive phase. The point of this activity is to help students maintain that prosocial behavior. This activity is very fun and gives the students a lot of laughs, which ultimately helps them make better decisions. Fork and Spoon keeps the learning engaging and challenging, which is exactly what takes place during the supportive phase. This tool is student directed, and slightly collaborative. This activity is led by the teacher but entirely relies on the students, which makes this very student directed. The students are in charge of their own behavior during this activity, and are given the ability to make their own choices. It requires high levels of student involvement, as the activity will not be a success unless everyone participates correctly.
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Tool Source: Gus Nollmeyer