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Balancing Act

Mentors

 

Materials:

Several Blocks, Balls, and rolls of masking tape

Time:

15 minutes (maybe a little longer with discussion)

Objective:

To demonstrate that time management is about balancing all the things that you need to do and that there are resources to help you if you need it.

Instructions:

Divide the group into smaller groups of about 5 people and tell them you are going to talk about time management.  Distribute the several blocks to each group (5-7).  Instruct the students to stack the blocks on top of each other.  There will most likely be no problem doing this.  Once they have completed this task distribute 2-3 balls to each group, instruct them to take down their current structure and create a new one by stacking the blocks and balls.  After a few attempts (1-2 minutes) (they will probably not be able to do it unless they are talented in stacking round objects) give each group a roll of masking tape and ask them if this would help.  The structures may not look so pretty but most groups should be able to make it stand up.

Debriefing:

What do the blocks represent? (Things that you are comfortable with and have under control-maybe eating, sleeping, friends, different for everyone.)
                       
What do the balls represent? (Things that are unexpected or challenging-maybe studying, family, etc. again different for everyone)

What does the tape represent? (Support and resources for the challenging or unexpected things-AEC, Early Intervention, Counseling Center, etc.)

Discuss the difference between high school and college time management-high school spent more time in school and less on homework and in college it usually reverses-different pressure from friends and family-more things to do/get involved in, etc. 

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