Contributor: Stewart Hase @stewarthase
Idea: At the start of a new course, students make something that says something about them with Play Dough using as many colours as they like. Ask them while making it to think of what they want to achieve and expectations in this course. Items are on a table and people talk to them and also about what they want to achieve and expectations. You also state your expectations. These become learning contracts. The creative act of making something with the Play Dough activates the creative centres, motivates and enables creative ideas, openness and engagement.
Practitioner comments: I use it a lot in all sorts of education settings to get things going and talk about expectations in a safe environment. Expectations are the key to getting things done.