The students have also been busy setting up their GT folders. We will use these folders to send home report cards.
Our classroom door contraption is always a big hit among the students. Each child is decorating a paper plate to hang on it. When someone opens the classroom door a pulley system raises, and then lowers, the plate. The plate has a quote on one side that is about one of our eight learning skills. The other side is uniquely decorated by the student.
We started playing The Lighthouse Game in class this week. The goal is to practice the skill of communication while fostering positive interpersonal relationships between the students. One student, the "cargo ship," is blindfolded and put at one end of "Bridge Point Bay" (the carpeted area of our classroom). Their classmates become obstacles in the bay - we call them rocks. The rocks are not allowed to move or talk once the game begins. A different student becomes the "lighthouse" and stands at the other end of Bridge Point Bay. The job of the lighthouse is to guide the cargo ship through the rough waters safely. They must verbally guide the cargo ship through the obstacles and directly to the lighthouse. The "Harbor Master" (Ms. O) is there to ensure that the ship is not put in any danger along the way. The students take turns in the different positions. After each round of the game a new rule is added. Rules can be:
- The rocks may not move or talk
- The lighthouse may not say the words "right" or "left"
- The lighthouse may not say the words "forward" or "backward"
- The cargo ship may not speak