Warm up activities

Theater of the Oppressed: Opposites

Warming up before class or after a break in a longer class. Encouraging use of the body, refreshes students’ bodies and minds.

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Theater of the Oppressed: Opposites
Educator prep: None
Student prep: None
Synchronous
No tech needed
Duration: 5-30 mins

Activity purpose

Focus and concentration.

Useful for

Warming up before class or after a break in a longer class. Encouraging use of the body, refreshes students’ bodies and minds.

Preparation

None.

Instructions

  • Start with encouraging students to mirror the teacher’s movements, introducing a “duo” of movements at a time (e.g. clap and stomp). At first, students mirror the teacher.
  • After they get used to mirroring, tell them to do the opposite. When the teacher says clap, they stomp. When the teacher says stomp, they clap.
  • Repeat 1&2 for different movement “duos”, including one popular one which is sway or wiggle and stop.
  • Do this for 3 or 4 rounds, combining all the movement duos you’ve accumulated.

Duration

Can take 5-10 minutes.

Adaptations and examples

You can make this a regular thing you do each class, and encourage students to come up with their on “duos”.

Technical requirements

N/A

Useful resources

For opportunities to attend workshops on these activities, see Theresa Ronquillo’s Embody Change: https://www.embody-change.com/ 

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