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What is The Distance between Your Eyes?

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This is the first week of school. Especially in our school, the first week is the hardest time for new students. Our school is a boarding school. Students stay in dormitories, miles away from home. You may imagine in non-boarding schools, new students can be very much feeling alone. But you can come back to your safe zone at home when classes are over. In our school, students are exposed to a completely new environment, new people,  new rules 24-hours a day.
New students are usually reluctant to talk to anybody and adapting can take a long time. That's why in the first day of school I don't do lecturing but I prepared  an activity that can make everyone get to know to each other. I call the activity "The Perfect Body".
I started with taking their attendance by calling out their names. When they are called, they should stand up and introduce themselves to the class. I will usually ask them where did they come from since most students are coming from far far away places.
Then I group them 4 by 4. I asked them to get to know each other first then ask them to show me whether they have a ruler or not.
Then I started to draw the table. The table looks like this:
Then I gave them the instruction: to measure the distance between eyes, the length of their arms, the length of their feet, the length of their shoulders, and the length of their smiling lips. :) The last one was quite funny. I asked them show their friends their biggest smile.
At first the students are reluctant to start measuring. I walk around the class to show them how to measure things correctly using a ruler. They observe what I did with their friend and in a few minutes I can see them laughing and joking while doing the measurements.
It took around 30 minutes for them to take the measurements and taking notes. You might think it's a waste of time. However I think it's worth the output. I love seeing students enjoying the activity.
At they all finished, I asked volunteers to report their measurements while I am taking their measurement average and writing it on board.
The end result can be taken as a good life lesson. We agree that everyone's body parts are not equal in measurement, but the range of the measurements are very narrow. Then we agree on the following conclusion:
Nia M Wardani
Hi! Call me Nia. I discovers interesting things in life and I love to share them with all people around the world.

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