Touch (II)

1. Exercise: Invite students to recall and/or imagine animals, earth, water they may have been “in touch” with.
Break into pairs:  A is presenter and B is receiver.  Reverse.
If students are willing, invite them to recall and/or imagine people they were in touch with as infants. Invite students to recall and/or imagine how and why feel and/or sense of objects were interpreted as pleasant and/or unpleasant, comforting and/or threatening.

Adaptation
Discuss how touch is a way peoples experience everyday life, relations with others, senses of self, communication with others.

2. Exercise: Invite students to walk around the room.  Before carrying out each of the following exchanges take turns asking for and receiving (or not) consent:  (i) greet each other first with eye contact; (ii) then with voice/sound; (iii) then with touch on arm or shoulder; (iv) then with handshake; (v) then with hug.

Adaptation
Discuss how touch is a way peoples experience everyday life, relations with others, senses of self, communication with others.

3. Exercise: Invite students to recall and/or imagine themselves at different periods of their lives and repeat exercises outlined above.

Adaptation
Discuss how touch is a way peoples experience everyday life, relations with others, senses of self, communication with others.

4. Exercise: Independent assignment:  Create a 5 minute (max) audio and/or visual recording, and/or 300 word text, and/or smellscape, and/or movement piece drawn from this exercise and post to class blog or present live in class. 

Adaptation
Discuss how touch is a way peoples experience everyday life, relations with others, senses of self, communication with others.