Sunday, December 30, 2012

Barbara's December Visit ~ Tag! {with Printable}

Tag Your Friends by Barbara Gruener

I hope this finds you basking in the glow of the holidays having savored the magic and survived the mayhem of the season. Now Tag - you're it!  Today I'm reflecting on all of the good times we had playing Tag as kids. I loved running around, dodging the tag, and, of course, being it. And I really enjoyed the challenge of Freeze Tag, such a fun variation! When my teens talk about Tag, however, it's in reference to tagging your friends on the social media. If that's what our 21st-century learners know to be Tag, why not try this back-to-class teambuilding activity you can use that'll speak their language!

I'd love to tell you that I came up with this cool and creative variation of Tag, but actually it was some alumni of our elementary school who are now students at Friendswood Junior High. Their choir director, Melissa Smith, asked them to create this scavenger-hunt activity to focus them in on what it really means to be it in the character world. What's really important? Guided by our six pillars of character with integrity thrown in as a bonus, they worked together to answer the question,
"How do we want to treat one another?"
Don't you love that? 

Once the matrix was made, students would have to think about their friends through a character lens and tag them not for their popularity, but for their good character choices. When the completed sheet is turned in and the it-votes are tallied, those who are tagged the most in each category will be honored as pillars of their community on the television screens in the hallways throughout the school. So much powerful reflection potential in an activity created by students and completed by students! 

To download a copy of their rubric, click {here}.

Happy New Year. Tag, you're it

Another wonderful idea from Barbara!  This would work so well with so many grade levels.  I can totally see my students doing this in our Advisory Program. 

Thanks, Barbara!

Enjoy :)


  1. Thank you...very useful for TEAM!!

  2. I love this idea. In the beginning of the year we always do getting to know you bingo. I like the idea of using this at the start of class after winter break. It offers students a chance to reconnect and think about all the wonderful bonds we make in our classroom community. It also sets up that expectation of how we want the rest of our year to go. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love this idea! I am thinking about adapting it to use a teacher team building activity for our first teacher meeting back from break.

    Thinking Out Loud

  4. I love the idea of having the kids "re-connect" after the break. I'm sure they would much rather do this than algebra--or anything else I had planned. Looking for my plan book and an eraser...

    Happy New Year to you both, Barbara and Michelle!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  5. Absolutely love it! I will be using this!!!

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