|Bigfoot Trivia Training Exercise|
|By Joe Bouchard|
The following is an installment in "The Bouchard 101", a series featuring "Ice Breaker's" designed to promote training awareness and capabilities in the corrections industry.
Sometimes, it takes the unusual to break ice and engage minds. This is particularly true of necessary and sometimes dull topics like chain of evidence. Bigfoot Trivia is a fun, quirky exercise that segues nicely into a lecture on evidence. The question is: Can you, a corrections training professional, issue this icebreaker/segue exercise with a straight face?
It is well known that evidence is a very important part of criminal justice. This increases in importance as the generation of TV viewers raised on CSI push for more evidence in trials. In corrections, many prison disciplinary policies have the standard of preponderance of evidence. So, there are different levels of evidence to consider.
Some things are real and some things need more evidence to be considered real by everyone. Still, a solid belief in some things with minimal to no evidence is unshakable in some people. The existence of Chupacabra, extraterrestrials, and the Lock Ness monster are just a few. Perhaps the titan of them all is Bigfoot.
Break into teams and have them take turns answering the following questions. If during a team's turn the team guesses the correct answer, they will earn one point. If they fail to respond correctly, the opposing team has the opportunity to earn two points with the correct answer.
Happy trails and keep your camera on ready when you are in the woods.
Joe Bouchard is a Librarian employed with the Michigan Department of Corrections and a collaborator with The International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP). He is also the author of “IACTP’s Corrections Icebreakers: The Bouchard 101, 2014”. The installments in this series include his opinions. The agency for which he works is not in any way responsible for the content or accuracy of this material, and the views are those of the contributor and not necessarily those of the agency. While some material is influenced by other works, all of the icebreakers have been developed by Joe Bouchard.
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