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Participants mirror each other in silence. This exercise has the participants focusing on each other to mirror the actions of the person modeling the movements. Initially, and periodically the teacher leads the mirroring activity to model effective movements. It is very important to have the students lead the mirroring very often. These exercises are very effective community builders that build collaborativeness and the ability to focus. They are excellent for transitions in classrooms.
The person who is the 'mirror' leads the participants for approximately 30 seconds, then says freeze, with all the 'reflections' now a stop motion of their movements. Then upon hearing continue they continue the reflection of the mirror. Group mirror is very effective to quickly start with the students participanting from wherever they are in the class.
Circle mirror is excellent as a collaborative community build with equal focus upon each other. It is very effectively used when students will be changing their location in the room. The circle would be formed in the location of the next classroom activity.
Very similar to exercises and actions in Circle and Group Mirror. The students would stand up and face a partner. Everyone, including the teacher (model), pair with someone in the classroom. They select a mirror person in each pair. They then start until they hear the word freeze in approximately thirty seconds. The reflection now becomes the mirror. If there are an odd number of people in the class, there can be one group of three.
Conducted similarly to Circle Mirror. One person who is chosen as the detective turns around (or leaves the room). A person is selected to be the mirror without the detective hearing or seeing the selection. The detective is invited back into the circle and/or room, where they will try to determine who the lead mirror is.
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