Untamed: Hope in a School
Is your school setting a good example for your students?
Does your school provide students with a strong experience outside of the classroom? Or do you offer an environment where children grow up feeling that they must tread carefully around authority figures?
The new game “Untamed” (co-authored by Co-Founder of MindShift, Julie Gong), challenges teachers to solve a problem in your school. They attempt to solve problems without compunction or based on whether they are going to get in trouble with their superiors or other teachers in their school. Teachers are encouraged to talk to one another, and students have the opportunity to offer their opinions and take part in the game. There are four rules to Untamed:
Rule 1 : The teacher must agree with the students when they start a problem.
The teacher must agree with the students when they start a problem. Rule 2 : The students can’t be punished for voicing their opinions and problems.
The students can’t be punished for voicing their opinions and problems. Rule 3 : The students must agree to the solution they come up with without making a decision based on the teacher’s reactions.
The students must agree to the solution they come up with without making a decision based on the teacher’s reactions. Rule 4 : No teacher can stop the solution (and the other way around).
There are three components to Untamed: Problem / Planning, Execution, and Discussion.
The problems the teachers must work out (for each of the three sections) in Untamed can be found here.
It is important to note that Untamed is not a game that will take schools that have been “toxic” places for children for quite some time, off-track. It does help children understand what it is like to be a problem-solver in a school, no matter if they go through several teachers in their school or if they start with one. Teachers and administrators can learn a lot about their school if they have ever taken on the responsibility to solve problems and get them settled at the end of the day.
If you want to read the book, you will need to either download the copy from their Amazon page or get a copy from a local bookstore. The author, J. Julie Gong, spoke at the Omaha Booth School recently, and you can find their other events here.
Image: Author J. Julie Gong