The Magic Wand


Icebreakers, Warm Ups anyone?
As my partner develops as a community nutrition adviser so it is she becomes more enthusiastic about being a trainer and using training techniques. She bought home a cracker the other day. The Magic Garden. If you could put your favourite food in the magic garden what would you put in it? And so discussion ensues. She liked that one and nicked it. I liked it and nicked it too but had to make it fit to what i was doing and so the magic wand.
I stood in front of the magic circle of trainees and held up a transparent plastic ruler asking me if anyone could tell me what it was. The obvious answer a ruler was returned straight away. Other descriptions ensued. No one guessed that it was a magic wand and it had the powers to put something into society or to take things out. I used it as an introduction to the social model of disability and passed it to the trainees and this is what they identified as something to add or subtract. You can give your own plus and minus signs on reading this list.

A planet with 6.6 billion people living in peace.
War
Conflict
Negativity
Lies
Dialogue
Openness
Positivity
Truth
Listeners
Ideas
Killing Animals
Intoxication
Prejudice
Tolerance
Gambling
Illicit Sex
Open Mindedness
Passion
A chance to work
Better benefits
A chance to work and benefits
Austerity
No bicycles on pavements
Merciful
Cleanliness
Hate
Love
Opportunities
Teaching
Hate Crime
Discrimination
Equality

Did this work as a warm up to the social model? What do you think?

Me. I found it interesting what came from the trainees. I know them better than you do. I know the man of faith, i know the self advocate, i know the solicitor, the DJ and the advocates. I can see them in the answers that they gave.

It interests me that we talk about hate, lies, negativity, bikes on pavements, the benefit trap that keeps us out of work. This is our experience. It interests me that we know the language that describes the opposites that we desire.

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