|You're Treading on Thin Ice, Buddy!|
|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.
Can the wrong answer chip away at a facility’s defenses? If you do the wrong thing based on erroneous information, can it hurt you and your institution later? The answers to these questions are “Yes, they could.” And you never know which innocent mistake in the culmination of many can topple the structure.
It is almost like the classic game of “Don’t Break the Ice” in which players take turns in knocking our plastic blocks one at a time from a horizontal frame. The blocks are wedged in tightly. However, with each block that is knocked out in turn, the structure gets weaker. Eventually, the removal of one block will force the others to fall.
This is a fun learning exercise that uses a quiz format and a classic game. This is a good game run after lunch. It is a way to review what was learned in the morning and to get participants to get up and move around in the post meal lethargy.
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.
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