12. Be agreeable

"...civility mandates that we at least make an effort to harmonize our plans with those of others whenever we have no compelling reasons not to do so."  --Dr. Forni



  1. Have your students develop a human machine.  One by one, each student develops a movement they can repeat.  Each student's movement must relate to the student's movment before him.  (For example, the first student may stick out his hand.  The next student may duck to avoid the hand.  The third student may reach over the second student to shake the first student's hand.)  The machine is fully operational when all students are included in the process.  Set the "machine" in motion.  Does the machine work better when all its people (or parts) are agreeable?
  2. Give each student an index card with a letter on it.  This is the letter they will "be."  Ask students to group themselves into words.  Students can break into smaller groups for shorter words or try to create words using all of the letters.  Is is easier to form words if students are agreeable and working together? (Great Group Games)


Discussion questions:

  1. How does being agreeable relate to teamwork?
  2. What is the difference between being disagreeable and asserting yourself?
  3. What does being agreeable have to do with accepting help?
  4. How does being agreeable help us to be more civil?