Class exercise: Skits

OK, I know this sounds goofy, but it works to help students remember multipart concepts like Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs or Tuckman's Stages of Team Development. I have done this in several classes and find that it increases scores on these concepts during the final exam compared to when I didn't do this exercise. Here is the procedure I follow :

  • Students are broken up into teams of 4-5 people.
  • Each team is given a topic. They have 3 minutes to come up with a skit that will illustrate that topic. The skit has to be less than 60 seconds.
    • For example, team 1 performs a skit that illustrates a team in the forming stage, team 2 takes on the norming stage, etc.
  • I bring three large plastic boxes with "props" that can be used by the student if they choose. I get these cheap from a local flea market and garage sales and includes old records, stuffed toys, telephones, alarm clocks, calculators, clipboards, golf clubs and balls, an old food processor, etc.
  • After the 3 minutes of prep time. I bring each team up to the front of the room and they perform the skit.

This takes less than 10 minutes of class time and the students now have a memory of several goofy skits that were acted out that represent to each stage, level of need, etc. I only do this ONCE per semester through. I think that if you did a skit twice it would dilute the memory of the students.

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