This is an exercise which demonstrates the importance of not jumping to conclusions when following instructions.
Give everybody a sheet with the following instructions printed on it:
Debrief by asking what happened and why it happened.
Can You Follow Directions?|
Three minute test:
- Read everything before you do anything.
- Put your name in the upper right hand corner of this page.
- Circle the word 'name' in sentence two.
- Draw five small squares in the top right-hand corner.
- Put an X in each square you have just drawn.
- Put a circle around each square.
- Sign your name under the title of this page.
- After the title write 'yes yes yes'.
- Underline sentences number seven and eight.
- Put an X in the lower left-hand corner of this page.
- Draw a triangle around the X you have just made.
- On the back of this page multiply seventy by thirty.
- Draw a circle around the word 'top' on sentence four.
- Loudly call out your first name when you reach this point in the test.
- If you think you have carefully followed these directions, call out 'I have carefully followed the directions'.
- On the reverse side of this paper add 107 and 278.
- Count out in your normal speaking voice from one to ten.
- If you are the first person to get this far, shout out loudly 'I am the first person to get this far following these instructions.'
- Punch three small holes in your paper with your pencil here . . .
- Now that you have finished reading carefully, do only sentences one and two.