Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Weirdest Ice Breaker Ever.

So this dream I guess takes place in high school, since it only had people from high school in it, but we were closer to being the age we are now rather than high school aged.

There was a giant classroom with probably close to 200 people in it.  The center of the classroom was basically a giant rectangular pit, about 30' wide by 60' long, and probably 20' deep.  The desks were the typical one armed desks everyone had in high school, and were arranged in rows of 4 facing the pit.

The teacher (who I think was that 8th grade social studies teacher we had who locked a class in the classroom one time, don't remember her name) had a bucket with slips of paper with everyone's names on them.  Once everyone had them, we were supposed to find our partner.  (Now that I'm awake, this seems weird because that would mean that the person whose name you have wouldn't necessarily have your name, but thats how it worked in the dream... or at least, that's how it was supposed to work.)

The name I drew was something like 'Bunni Smith,' I am 100% positive on the first name (and the spelling), and I know the last name was something common.  Most of the students knew each other so it was easy to find your partner, but  there were some unfamiliar faces.  There was one girl a few rows over from me that looked like she might be a Bunni, so I asked her if she was, and she was like, no, I think that she sits over there (on the other side of the pit).  But by the time I started heading over to the other side of the room, nearly everyone had found their partner and was sitting down with them.  The teacher called the last six of us without partners over to her and paired us up.  Not sure who three of the people were, but James, Barry and I were in the group.  I ended up getting paired with James.

The point of this whole exercise was to do an ice breaker activity, which is weird when most of the people already know each other.  But this was no ordinary ice breaker.  At the bottom of the pit was a pool.  The pool had all these ball bearings floating on top of it, and somehow a subwoofer was involved.  The teacher had us all line up around the edge of the pit and flipped a switch or something.  The lights turned off and it got all disco-y and when the subwoofer thumped, the ball bearings would jump and change what shape they were making.  The teacher explained that we were to get to know our partners and find out something new & unique about them to share with the class.  We would then have to take that fact and somehow incorporate it into a ball bearing performance, which would involve figuring out how to program it to work.

Of course, then everyone started talking about how friggin impossible this would be- not only to program ball bearings to do what you want (while floating on water), but the teacher wasn't supplying us with any information on how this would be accomplished, so we would have to research it individually, and oh, by the way, it's due in a week!

I don't really know what I learned that was new about James, but I think we decided I'd make something about how he likes the Civil War.

That's it!

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