For my last lesson with the 7th Graders, we had to double up the classes in Mrs. Werner’s room to work around the end of the year schedule. With such a big group, I brought back the DUI Goggles for the kids to play with again. The DUI goggles are exactly what they sound like: rubber goggles that simulate the vision of a person under the influence of alcohol. The lesson is a fun way to end my year with the 7th graders, but it also gives the students some very valuable perspective on the dangers of drinking and driving or being under the influence of a drug in public.
I ran each student through a variety of tasks with the goggles; the first task was to walk heel to toe down a line on the ground (this is the closest thing to an actual field sobriety test that we did during the activity). Once the student reached the end of the line, they had to try and catch a hacky sack (bean-bag) and then try and throw it back to me. Most students were unable to catch it, and most ended up missing the throwback by a mile. Although this activity took time because the kids went through it one at a time, the kids were entertained by watching their classmates.
The kids also had the opportunity to play some STAR themed card games while they were waiting:
BTW is a concentration style game, and the BTW stands for Bully, Target and Witness. During the game the players lay out 16 cards with various scenarios from the perspective of the bully, the target of the bullying and the witnesses to the incident. The students have to read the scenarios (which all talk of healthy ways to resolve the bullying situations) as they draw cards to make matches.
The second game is called What’s the Deal, and its modeled after games like Apples to Apples. Each player is dealt a hand of solution cards, and then the players take turns drawing situation cards. Each player submits a solution card to the drawing player, and the solution that player selects wins. The game takes the kids through a bunch of typical bully scenarios, and they have to think about constructive ways to solve the problems.
I want to thank Ms Yu and Mrs Werner for another great year at LCHS. I hope all the 7th graders have a great 8th grade year, and I look forward to seeing next year’s 7th grade in the fall.