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How’s it going? Don’t be alarmed if your team still doesn’t have

  • Any costumes
  • Any props
  • Any idea of what they are doing!

This is normal. Remember that this Odyssey of the Mind experience may be the first time that they have been entirely dependant on themselves; no teacher to direct the play, no parent to help with costume sewing homework, no sibling help with ideas.

It may be that they have simply ‘played’ during your meetings, meetings that were meant to get things done.

What can you do (that doesn’t involve losing any more hair)?

  1. Breathe.
  2. Tell them “You have XX hours of meeting time left before you perform in front of the judges – are you ready?”
  3. If not, here’s a chart to get them back on track…

TimeTaskChild responsibleWhat is needed to complete task
½ hour alien costume Roberta 3 soccer balls and a can of coffee

If your teams are like mine at this point Spontaneous is taking a back seat to getting something, anything, ready for qualifying but if you really need a stress reducer spontaneous - how about bringing in a hula hoop (time the kids) (schools often have these in the gym) or a ping pong paddle and balls and see who can paddle the longest.