Tried and True for High School

Students love them! Teachers and students alike love discovering the activities in Tried and True for High School. This collection consists of favorite games, greetings, shares, acknowledgments, and brain breaks…


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Author: The Origins Program Level: High School
Developmental Designs for High School


Tried and True for High School

Games, Greetings, Shares, Acknowledgments, and Brain Breaks!

This book offers a host of activities that experienced high school teachers have found to be community-building favorites, no-fail fun providers, and friendship builders—even on gray Monday mornings or when testing days are looming! High School Games, Greetings, Shares, Acknowledgments, and Brain Breaks contents:
      • 47 Games. Some are active, some quiet. Many help build trust, and all help meet students’ need to have fun.
      • 19 Greetings. Greetings range from a basic greeting structure to those that involve intriguing patterns and variations. All build community and allow participants to show that everyone belongs.
      • 12 Shares. These get-to-know-you activities are enjoyable ways to practice conversational skills, interviewing, or speaking to a group. All meet participants’ needs for relationship and feelings of competence.
      • 7 Acknowledgments. Use Acknowledgments to recognize students’ efforts and foster an environment of mutual support and kindness.
      • 16 Brain Breaks. A variety of breaks to get blood moving and oxygen to the brain, suitable for all familiarity levels.
Many of the activities include a plan for success: an expectation to be taught, scaffold to be set, or ways to create equity. Each of these can provide critical support for participants to be competent and develop autonomy. Through observations, student reflection, and discussion, leaders will discern what is needed to build the foundation of competence and autonomy. Activities to refresh and refocus throughout the day
  • Build trust and smooth transitions with games (some active, some quiet)
  • Include everyone through greetings: fast, creative, community builders
  • Practice public speaking and conversation starters with shares: prosocial ways for students to get to know each other
  • Affirm learning and community with acknowledgments: interactive fun that builds mutual respect
  • Provide enjoyable opportunities to refresh and regroup with brain breaks