Practicing Unity
By Steve Case

One of the great ways to deal with overly competitive students—or simply to promote unity in general—is to remove competition altogether. If you are playing musical chairs, remove a chair but not a student (they must sit on each other). If you are playing baseball, every time a runner scores, that person moves to the pitcher’s position. When rotating in volleyball, have students rotate to the other team. When you remove the idea of “winners and losers,” the focus shifts toward enjoying the game rather than beating someone else. Use this to start a discussion about cooperation; about Jesus saying, “I am the way”; or about the desire within our culture for someone to put another down in order to get ahead.