Ethical Communication Game

April 23, 2014 No Comments

Today students played an old children’s game- with a bit of a modern twist- to show the importance of ethical communication.

This is a variation of “Hot and Cold.” Have three (tough skinned) students leave the classroom. The remainder of the class decides on an object to “lead” the students to.

The first student enters and can be given only negative comments. The second student can only be given positive comments. Only the third student can be given both positive and negative comments.

Inevitably, students will find that they get the best results with both positive and negative comments. They get the worst results with only negative comments.

Sometimes students think that ethical communication means letting other people have their way, even if they disagree. This activity demonstrates that ethical communication means that people communicate openly and honestly.


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I’m Kayla Pins – Health and Family and Consumer Sciences teacher to high school students in rural Iowa. Welcome to my online home where I share lesson plans, activities, and inspiration with fellow teachers.


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