Homework Ideas – Brain Exercise

Homework Idea – Learn to Juggle – When I first started teaching one of the students said, ‘My Mum was worried you didn’t know what you are doing… but once you set this task she is good with you’ hehehehehe #justsayin’ 

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Homework Idea

 Exercise Your Brain – Learn to Juggle

Homework Idea - Juggling

Homework Idea – Juggling

Homework Task:

You must create three juggling balls and learn to juggle them. Performances will be held at the front of the class in groups of 5 to reduce any stress or apprehension you might feel. You have seven days until the performance.

NB The classroom teacher WILL / MUST demonstrate being a lifelong learner and work on their juggling and do a solo performance in front of the class or full school assembly. I find the kids love it if you drop them a couple of times like you really have no idea and then when you get into a rhythm start humming circus music. Believe me, the parents hear about what you’ve been up to in class that day 🙂

Discussion:

How will you find out how to make juggling balls?

  • Where would be the most appropriate place to look?
  • What search terms might you use in a search engine?
  • I find the balls made out of balloons and rice really good.
  • Cut the top off a PET bottle and use it as a funnel to get the rice into the balloon.
  • Four balloons for each ball saves getting the cleaners off side 🙂

An activity like this lends itself well to discussions:

  • Failure and Success
  • Giving up too early and what that may lead to
  • Strategies for success.
  • How failure in many people increases their desire to succeed.
  • The internal satisfaction we experience when we succeed or learn a new skill.
  • Interesting observations:

This is usually one of the first homework tasks I set for a new class. If you choose to use this activity be prepared for some very interesting responses ranging from, ‘Why the heck are you doing that?’ ‘It’s too hard’. ‘My mum is an occupational therapist and she likes you already. She says you must know what you are doing’ lol