16th workshop: Mirror

1. Opening circle (10 min)

Big circle: How do you feel now, what happened to you during the last week? 

2. Reversed movement (10 min)

Students stand in a row as mirrors, facing the facilitator. The facilitator gives instructions. The students carry out the instructions reversed, as if it were seen in a mirror. E.g. If the instruction is Lift your right hand!, they lift their left hands. Further instructions:

Jump twice on your left foot! Scratch your right ear with your left hand! Draw circles with your right hand!

3. Dragon (10 min) – 3 pocket mirrors, 3 torches, a box of chocolate

Students work in three groups. Each group gets a pocket mirror and a torch. Ideally, the school room should be darkened.

The facilitator sits next to the box of chocolate and says she is an old, evil dragon who is guarding a treasure (the box of chocolate). The dragon is asleep but can wake easily if a ray of light touches her or if somebogy goes closer than 3 metres, because she can smell humans. The only way to get the treasure is if three rays of light are pointed at the box with the help of the mirrors. They cannot point to torches directly at the box and if they touch the dragon with the light while trying, she will devour them. The facilitator grumbles and grunts like a dragon of the students get too close or careless. If they manage to get the treasure, they can eat the chocolate together.

4. How can you see yourself? (10 min)

The facilitator tells a story.

Once upon a time there was a very vain king who was always staring at himself, because he admired himself so much. He announced that he will marry his daughter to the man who brings to most extraordinary mirror to him as a gift. Several people arrived bearing all kinds of mirrors with diamond and golden frames, but the king was not satisfied. One day, an old woman was knocking on the gate of his palace. She pormised to show him a mirror that was for free. She took the king’s hand and they set off. They went into town and all over the country. Where do you think the king could see his face?

Students collect ideas, e.g. lake, window, puddle, eye, etc.

5. Mirror writing (15 min)

Students work in three groups.

Their task is to solve the puzzle in the annex. If it is too difficult, they can use the pocket mirror. They can also create mirror puzzles for each other.

6. Closing circle (5 min)

What are you taking away from this workshop? What was the best/ most difficult?