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A team building activity I like to do on the first or second day of class with my high school students (ESL and other classes alike) is to form a circle, outside weather permitting, and hold hands. The object is to see how quickly they can "heart beat." They pass the beat by squeezing the hand to the left after they recieve it from the right. We try it again throughout the year and see if we get faster. It is a lot of fun and the kids are usually cheering when we break our previous record. Some are squeamish about holding hands but with prompting I usually get 100% participation. Only once has someone refused and I felt it important to honor his discomfort and didn't force him to join.

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