Procedure

• First, the group leader says that he or she is going to pass the word "zoom" around the circle. This is done by turning toward the person to his or her right and saying "zoom." The next person then passes the word to the group member to the right and so on until the word makes its way back to the group leader. Next, the group should try to increase its speed while completing the same task.

• After two or three rounds, the group leader asks the group what zoom spelled backwards is. After someone answers "mooz," the leader then says that he or she is now going to pass the word "mooz" in the opposite direction, that is, going around the circle to the left.

• Next, the group leader explains that there is going to be a race. "Zoom" is going to race "mooz" around the circle. The group leader will start both words simultaneously and see which one gets back to him or her first. It is fair to warn the people just opposite the group leader that they should be on their toes as someone may get hit with both words at just about the same moment. This generally elicits some nervous laughter from the group.

Try the race several times. As you announce which word "won," ask the group members whether they felt affiliated with one word more so than the other. Often those people closest to where a word starts feel like that is "their" word. The group leader should point out that in order for a word to make it all the way around, everyone needs to be

"Zoom"

involved in each word. This is a good opportunity to talk about subgroups that may be happening among the whole group.

Variation

• After "zoom" and "mooz" have both been passed around the circle, explain that group members have the option of "putting on the brakes" when a word gets to them. They can do so by making a screeching noise like the sound of car brakes. They then send the other word in the opposite direction. If the same people keep "braking," allow members in different parts of the circle to start. If the group is really feeling ambitious, you can start two or three "zooms" at the same time. This then presents an opportunity to talk about the difficulty of group members perceiving all the information in a group at any given moment.

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