What developed was a combination between their favorite outside game, TAG, and a little reflective ingenuity. Kelly Ferns shared about the first time playing, “As the students started to run away from the undergraduates and I, we were able to jump and run and tag them. Once they were tagged they would giggle as they struggled to stay still. There was a thrill of being caught that was evident in the amount of laughter. When there was a break in the laughter, I would ask the student what they had learned today. One student responded in between bursts of giggles, how they learned how to be a nurse.” Suddenly “reflection-tag” became an instant new favorite among participants.
“They started the process of understanding new careers, and the possibility of them entering that profession. The undergrads learned the importance of adaptation.” Says Kelly, “ We utilized what faced us as a challenge and created a new opportunity for learning.” And while the undergrads may be a bit out of breath, we hope the children will keep on running and reflecting!
-Kelly Ferns studies Human Developement at UCSD