RE: Experiential learning in China
- Hi All!
I'd like to post a belated thanks again to all those who gave me suggestions
for the above. I'm happy to say my day was very successful even though it
poured with rain the whole damn time! Even so, everyone was positive and
participated fully. I started off with a test of their observation skills by
giving them a series of questions about things they could see on the way to
the venue. It was funny to see all these poor bedraggled folk on motor bikes
and scooters peering up at things and madly writing on bits of soggy paper!
Some of the initial things I had to change due to the delay because of the
weather and the fact that the ground was wet. I had 4 groups of 11 each and
rotated the games. One game I called "Poisonous Swamp" involved 3 oil drums
and 2 planks of wood. They could not touch the ground but had to move 2 of
the 3 drums to specified locations. The all did that pretty well and I have
some priceless photos of guy's bums up in the air trying to "jump" oil drums!
Another game was "Islands". We had 3 pallets for islands and on each were 3
groups of people. One was blind (blindfolded), one was mute and one was
"normal". Their islands were sinking and they had briefs to help each other
and tasks to perform. It was interesting with all 4 groups to see that the
"normal" people made absolutely no effort to help the "disabled" ones!!
Another game was "What are they like" based on identifying another group's
customs based purely on observation. That was really funny and a fascinating
insight into communication skills and acting ability! I also gave them an
orienteering game and they all got lost!!! Later when the ground was dryer,
we had them giving instructions on how to stand up and holding hands in a
circle. Hilarious! All in all, it was a good learning curve for all. The
problem is - I now have to do it all over again!!!