May 062010
 

ritual

In the process of Skype becoming more and more popular in schools and teachers are becoming more comfortable in using it with their students. there seems to be something else emerging:

Rituals

Two of the Around the World with 80 Schools participants have let me know of a ritual that they are observing at the start of a Skype conversation another school.

Lorraine Leo from the Jackson School writes:

Our class traditionally sings ‘The Circle Song’ at the beginning of our Skype contact with schools followed by a short chat.

The lyrics the song are:

Come and join the circle, come and take my hand. Come and join the circle. Come and be my friend. Gather round and see what the world can be. Come and join the circle. Come and share God’s word with me.

Another ritual came to me via the wiki invitation from one of the participants ( I am sorry, but I can’t remember who it exactly was. You know who you are, please drop me an e-mail or comment here, so I can give you properly credit :) )

We start out every Skype conversation with a game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors”. The winner out of three games, wins cookies from the other class.

I think the idea of a ritual is a great one. On wikipedia, you can read

The purposes of rituals are varied; they include […] strengthening of social bonds […] stating one’s affiliation, obtaining social acceptance or approval for some event — or, sometimes, just for the pleasure of the ritual itself.

I have added a page on the Project’s Wiki to add your existing school’s Skype ritual or an idea of one.

Leave us your school’s ritual or routine as a comment on this post.

I am off to think of one for my school… :)

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