|Would you Rather...?|
|By Joe Bouchard|
The following is an installment in "Icebreakers 101: The College Edition", a series featuring "Ice Breaker's" designed to promote training awareness and capabilities in the corrections industry.
Sometimes when you are offered a choice, it is not really much of a choice. Have you ever played the game “Would you rather…?” This is where you are asked to select one of two grim or gross choices. For example, “Would you rather retrieve your eyeglasses that fell into a port-a-potty or search for your driver’s license in a full dumpster?
Let’s shift from the scatological and germ-ridden to vocations. Think about the worst job you have ever held. Now, consider this question: Would you rather work in a prison or as an air conditioning technician in the underworld? Not everyone would vote for a prison as a place of employment, even if the alternative offered features the ultimate bad working conditions and a veritable Boss form Hell.
On October 1, 2014, I gave my CJC 110 Criminal Justice class the assignment to create three of these. This what I offered as an example.
Would you rather fight a horse sized pug or ten pug sized horses?
A week later, there was an interesting flow of these from the students. Initially, I told them that the best ten will be included in the new icebreakers book. However, I have included more, so those who use this exercise can dip into the CJC 110 student’s creativity.
Even if the corrections lesson of less desirable jobs is not introduced, this is an icebreaker that will give the opportunity for all students to express themselves in an unorthodox manner.
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” and "Operation Icebreakers: Shooting for Excellence". 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.
Visit the Joe Bouchard page
Other articles by Bouchard:
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT