EASE Presents at Ramapo for Children’s 2014 Youth Worker Leadership Conference
In bite-sized bits of learning– taught through the EASE methodology, large groups of teenagers came through conference rooms at Pace University to experience and learn how to work with young people with special needs and challenges. During our EASE sessions, we sat, stood, danced, tapped, and clapped in a circle and played a good game of “Freeze Dance.” Freeze Dance is a game that allows children to essay writer distinguish personal boundaries, follow directions, be leaders, self-regulate– all while having a good time. Our groups learned Freeze Dance while getting up to move to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy Song” and various Michael Jackson hits. To add even more to their bag of tricks, I shared with them the EASE miracle and method of simply using a roll of masking tape. Tape helps learners to work collaboratively, to create a marked place to stand on, and focus on a “center.” We placed an “X” in the center for a “leader”and made up dance moves. We hopped to each other and passed the tape along. One our participants remarked at the end, “I just can’t believe all that you can do just buy essays online!” After an afternoon of experiencing EASE methods, these teens went away with ideas of how to joyfully engage the children they work with while also employing important applications for meaningful communication, socialization,“peer recognition” and working together here as a group on one thing at a time. Go, Ramapo!
– Melanie Maria Goodreaux