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This video shows staff facilitating the activity featured in the skill video.

Overview 5: Glurch vs Oobleck

This is a video of a real afterschool program. These videos serve as discussion starters around a particular skill and are not examples of perfect practice.

As you watch the skill video below, think about these questions:

What was the question Diane asked? What were the children's responses? How was this question effective in getting children to think and talk abou the activity?

What was the question Diane asked? Whad did the children do as a result of this question?  What were their expressions? 

What was the question the adult asks? What were the children's response to the question? How did this question help children make connections to prior experiences?

If you were leading this activity, what would you do differently? What would you do the same?


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02 Active Engagement

This is a video of a real afterschool program. These videos serve as discussion starters around a particular skill and are not examples of perfect practice.

Now that you've watched the video, reflect on what you saw and post your responses.

What did you see Diane do that encouraged curiosity and imagination throughtout the activity?
Kit Alviz's picture
Diane asked probing and open ended questions.  In addition, she encouraged the youth to touch and feel their creation.
Ashley Parent's picture
She stuck her hands right into the bowl and got messy with them. Doing this got the children to fell like 'Hey this is okay let me try and see how it feels.'
Sabrina VanTine's picture
She's asking them questions about how it feels and what it looks like.  She is asking the students to descirbe this and she isn't worried about a certain answer she just wants to hear what they think it is.  This is through touch, seeing and even smelling it. 
How would you facilitate this activity differently?
Ashley Parent's picture
Instead of mixing the bowl myself at the facilitator, I would let the children mix the bowls. 
Sabrina VanTine's picture
I would have them maybe work in small groups just so everyone can help with the ingredients.  Maybe also as well have different ingriedient amounts so they can be different and then they can explain and see what different amounts can create different results. 
Every once and awhile, we may have youth that are not getting involved with the activity.  What would you do to encourage engagement?
Ashley Parent's picture
Maybe put a little bit into a plastic bag and show them that they do not have to get messy like everyone else, and try to move forward one step at a time. Mess isn't for everyone, although moving forward maybe once they see everyone else enjoying it they may want to jump in and join after they feel it through a plastic bag or some other barrier. 
Sabrina VanTine's picture
Some might not like the texutre that they will feel while making this.  So maybe have that particular student help measure more so they can feel more involed. Have them take some home wiht them in plastic baggies so they can explore it outside the classroom as well.  Also if a student is afraid to speak out in front of the other children you can talk to them individually or maybe rate this acitiviy on how they liked it.