Morale Booster

It’s late January, and some of you might be hitting the late January/early February blues.

We have a popular morale booster for you. In fact, when I taught returning students would ask when we were doing this activity and others said it was their favorite day of the year.

It’s a cheap and simple activity that just needs tape and paper (although card stock is a bit easier). Students put their name at the top of the paper and then someone helps them tape the paper to their back. (Most years did not need a kindness reminder, but if your staff is a bit snarky, it might be great for an editor to remind students of the power of being positive and being inclusive.)

We would spend most of the hour running around and writing on each other’s back. No one was forced to write on anyone’s sign — students did seek people out. During the last five-10 minutes, we would stop and then read what people wrote about them. (We took photos of this and used them for promotional purposes like recruitment and just general “this is what we do” social media posts. Several students told me how they kept these and grabbed them when times were tough.

And for those wondering, yes I did this too. We all need a little positivity now and then.

Read in the original Weekly Scroll here.