“Where am I? I feel scared. I’m confused. I’m going to fall.” These words were common among members of Take Off the Mask Kids Opera Company as they were blindfolded and led by a partner through the hallways of the school. Up and down stairwells they proceeded with great trepidation and anxiety.
Each took turns being leader and follower. What was learned during this one-hour exercise could not be replicated or simulated by a textbook or curriculum guide. Effective communication, trust in self and others, consciousness of self and surroundings, risk taking, cooperation and patience were applied in an authentic context as students moved cautiously from one floor to another with their classmates.
Upon reflection, Carley wrote, “Even though I was scared, I still trusted Ruby to keep me safe.”