Skeleton Hijacking

If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, please check it out here.  Otherwise, this next bit might not make any sense whatsoever.


It seems that the boat was boarded by skeletons overnight.

With the amount of discussion that the boat has brought to the life of the ESL teachers, several of them have concluded that this is the best team building exercise ever devised.  It cost very little money (free in this case) and has done more than any other program out there in getting the very diverse, the weird, and the disinterested together to talk.  Virtually every teacher has taken the opportunity to weigh in on the subject.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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6 Responses to Skeleton Hijacking

  1. I love it!
    Having never been in favour of sanctioned team building this may very well be an inspired way to bring about how to make the students talk. All EFLs know how difficult that is!

  2. Heide says:

    I’m not a real fan of contrived team-building exercises, but this one at least seems fun. Can’t wait to hear what’s up with the skeletons!

    • Anthony says:

      The story of the skeletons is nothing more than children at heart teachers with a dash of Tolkien-esque nerdiness and a bit reckless imagination. Maybe ESL teachers are similar to theatre types that way.

  3. This is a fantastic idea. I’m passing it on to my sister-in-law, who teaches 6th grade. I think it would be equally effective with students. Workshopping the solution to a mystery really is a great teambuilding exercise. Then she could build a writing or storytelling exercise around it.

    Also, the Paperless Post folks have asked whether I know any bloggers who might like to try their products and write about them, and you came to mind. If you’re interested, could you email me and I’ll get you the details?

    Thank you, my friend. Have a good day!


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