Complete, don’t compete

Some of my favorite activities to teach and play involve completing the sentences/words/ideas of our partners. It’s a great example of the give and take and relinquishing control mindset that Improv exemplifies. These activities also remind us that all of our ideas on stage are supported because our partner is responsible for accepting these ideas and completing them.

Teamwork accomplished through completing the work of our partners, not competing to win. Try it on for size.

But, of course, we’re talking about more than just fun and games.

We utilize these games though to provide the student with the experience of feeling this trust and support. Knowing your ideas are accepted and will be completed and built upon instead of torn down, allows you the freedom to think out of the box, say what’s obvious, or share an idea you want to collaborate on.

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