(originally posted 5/18/10)
It was a lot of fun. :o) A little background…this is the week that our seniors finish a year-long endeavor known as THE SENIOR PROJECT. It culminates in all 120+ kids arranged with display boards explaining their research and results to the general public. They are “on” for six hours, talking to strangers about their research and conclusions. There are a lot of steps involved in being prepared and they are all about to tear their hair out before it’s done.
So yesterday, the day before the BIG EVENT, we had a Whiner Day to kick off Whiner Week. I put about twenty-five “whining/complaining expressions” on the SmartBoard. They each had about five minutes to create a mini-graffiti wall about the topic of their choice. As seniors, they had a number of topics to choose from! (I played some edgy rock in the background while they created)
Each senior found a partner and stood face to face. They showed their Whiner Wall to their partner. Each student got sixty seconds to whine. The partner had to respond to each complaint in Spanish with an “I know” “Oh yeah” “I agree” “What a shame” etc.
Round two: (you can change partners but my kids were just warming up so I let them keep their original partner)
Each senior took one giant step backwards. They held up their Whiner Walls and had 45 seconds to whine again. (of course, it had to be louder since now they were farther apart!) They alternated with their partner using responses.
Each senior took another giant step backwards. This time they had 30 seconds to whine/complain…again…upping the volume.They alternated with their partner using responses.
Each senior took another giant step backwards and AT THE SAME TIME whined and complained. for twenty seconds. By this time, they were really comfortable and pretending to be really mad/upset…it got very very funny!
Each senior chose a new partner and sat at at desk…face to face with the partner. They alternated complaints……First one partner would whine one statement and the partner would respond. Then the partner would whine one complaint and get a response. They each complained 7 times.
We repeated round five….except…..each time a student complained s/he would pound the desk with both fists. Five complaints each.
We repeated round six…except…each time a student complained AND each time his/her partner responded, they would pound the desk with both hands.
By the end we were hysterical! It was a great tension reliever for all of us. :o)
Output? Oh yes. But sometimes you just have to let it out!!
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