Play: Problem solving, self-expression, self-exploration and humor.
Now, anyone who knows me knows this is not my area of strength. My family jokes that I came out of the womb a mature thirty-year-old. So, games, humor and not taking myself seriously don’t come easily to me. Pink give a few suggestions for how to strengthen this aptitude.
- Look at cartoons and try to create the caption (p.210). This would work well as a Writers’ Notebook entry.
- Play video games (p. 212). I don’t think we’d have to tell most kids more than once to work on this one!
- Think of writing prompts to promote self-expression and self-exploration. You could certainly bring in some poetry here too!
- Play ‘A Day in the Life’: Have each participant write his or her name on a large piece of paper and then make two columns with the headings: My Frustrations, My Rewards. Next, post all of the sheets on the walls and ask everyone to walk around the room and write what they think the answers are for their co-workers. Then, each person reclaims his/her own sheet and everyone takes a turn responding to their classmates' guesses while explaining what their day is really like. This would also work well with characters from a novel.