Blindfolded with a rope – learning to be a leader

IMG_1148[1]Walking through the school yard today, you might have noticed some unusual learning. Students were blindfolded and holding onto a rope.  They were students from the Leadership and Organization course – learning.sue

Their teacher, Sue Tennander, explained the task to me:

“The aim of the ROPE ACTIVITY is to give the students an opportunity to solve a problem as a group. The instructions are that they are to wear blindfolds and make a square usingIMG_1147[1] the “object” that they discover in the middle of the circle (which unknown to them from the beginning is a rope).

The activity is filmed and then afterwards we analyse what happened in this process.

The following questions are asked:

– what was your role in solving this activity?

– what other roles could you identify?

– how did you feel about doing this?  … eagerness to get ideas out/ frustration over not being involved etc.

IMG_1151[1]Previous to this activity the students have learned common terminology associated with leadership styles which they are expected to use when describing roles. This activity also leads nicely into the topic of group dynamics which is also taken up on the course.”

Experiential learning at it’s best!




About kristylundstrom

I currently work as the Managing Director of Viktor Rydberg Schools. I am a student of learning. I am interested to see where it happens, when it happens, and how it happens. I am also a math and computer science teacher. I have lived in Belgium and in the USA. I really appreciate my multi-cultural environment - I believe it adds dynamics to our school.
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