August 14, 2008
I play a game that requires critical thinking and observation skills called "Crossed or Uncrossed." Prior to playing the game, I walk around the room with a pair of scissors in my hand, opening and closing them, and staring at them intently. I then have the kids put their desks in a circle or rectangle and tell them that I will pass the scissors to my right and say either crossed or uncrossed. I then tell them that they are to do the same, and I will tell them if they are correct or incorrect. The kids think that crossed and uncrossed relates to whether the scissors are opened or closed. In reality, it's whether or not my legs are crossed at the ankle. This drives them crazy, but most of them figure it out by the third or fourth time around the circle.