10 minute reviews may allow time to explore issues, but is there enough time for everyone to have their say and end on a positive note. Extend or combine some of the shorter reviews or try some of longer reviews listed below.
Rounds and Orbits
Take it in turns to complete a sentence with the beginning of the sentence chosen by you or the group. End with appreciation or looking forwards.
Memory Game (Story Telling)
The challenge is to talk through what happened in detail. One person starts in the storytellers chair and continues until they are challenged or give up. The challenger takes over until the challenged.
Instant Replay in the Style of…
Instant action replay in the style of …. You or they choose film or TV styles through which to present their replay, e.g. News report, Telly tubbies, Shakespearean, documentary with voice over, etc
Parts of a Bus
The aim is for the group to build a human bus. Ask participants to think in relation to their contribution and role in the team which part of a bus they would be and why? For example:
- “I was a passenger because I just went along with the plan”
- “I was a window wiper because I helped the group to see more clearly when things were getting challenging”
- “I was the engine because I kept the whole thing going”
Once they have thought of this, get the group to get into the positions they would be as the bus.
Where do you stand?
Each person shows their position on an issue by where they stand on a curved line. Discuss the issue with neighbours, then in the whole group. End by checking if positions have moved.
Goals and Effort
“What did you see as the top three priorities for the group during the activity?” everyone stands in a circle just out of touching distance from each other. Place an object at the centre that represents priority number “How much effort, did you each make to achieving this goal? If you as an individual you made 0% you stay where you are if you made 100% effort towards achieving this priority then move to the centre of the circle. Give yourself a score out of 100 and move to that point on your “Spoke” look around is there anyone you think should have placed themselves closer to the centre? If time allows complete the process for priority’s number two and three.
Blob trees are a fabulous way of opening up discussions about feelings and developing the understanding of emotions, empathy and self-awareness. The different trees show different scenarios that individuals or groups may experience personally. Some of the questions you could use include:
- Which Blob do you feel like?
- How did you feel when starting the activity?
- What about when the exercise became difficult?
- Which blob did you feel like at the end? Why?
The Blobs can also be used in a less personal way so you ask which blob is happy, why do you think he is happy and discussion can evolve that way indirectly. These can be used for both individual learners or groups
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