Have students write down on a piece of paper one thing they are fearful of or one question they have as it relates to the topic for the day.
Next, have them crumble up the paper to resemble a “snowball”.
Have students stand up in a circle. Let the students have a snowball fight for about one minute.
Summarize the activity by recapping that these fears or questions are now out in the open and they don’t need to worry about their fears or worry about not knowing something for the rest of the class.
Throughout the class, as you are teaching the material, periodically incorporate a group activity. Put students into groups of 5 to 7. Then ask each group to pick one of the snowballs and read the fear/question that is recorded. The group then spends 5 minutes discussing the fear and how that fear can be overcome.
Lisha Barnes is a Cosmetology/Barber Instructor with over 25 years of experience. She started out in a small private school working in Admissions, Financial Aid, Education, and School Director. She was a Director of Education for a chain of Private Cosmetology schools. Currently she serves as the Academic Development Manager for Milady where she supports schools and educators around the nation with continuing education, curriculum development and product knowledge. Lisha has served as an Educator for Milady’s Career Institute; NACCAS Commission; Career Educators of America Committee Member; and has authored numerous writing projects for Milady. This industry experience allows her to see the industry from a variety of viewpoints, which helps in sharing information and ideas with educators all around the world.