Using This Kit
- Activities: Each plug and play activity follows a consistent format based on the learning outcomes.
- Learning Outcomes: The social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies that will be strengthened when participating in the activity.
- Materials: All materials are low-cost and simple to find. An internet connection and white board or projector is the best option for showing the videos to larger groups. A paper and pen are required for the journal writing activities.
- Time It Takes: The time required is based on feedback from facilitators and can be extended to meet the needs of the facilitator.
- Download: A copy of the activity can be printed as a PDF version.
Leading The Activity
- Read the What, Why and How behind each activity. These explanations will guide you as to each exercises’ learning objectives as well as how to best lead the activity.
- Lead five mindful breaths with the participants(s) as a way to anchor their attention to the present moment and focus on the activity.
- Ask the conversation starters to encourage the participant(s) to share their unique perspectives and explore the insights of others. You can use a talking piece, such as a stone or ornament to identify the speaker. After the speaker shares his/her perspective, pass the talking piece to the other participant(s) who are willing to share their personal experience.
- When opinions differ, the facilitator reminds participants to address differences with an open mind to multiple perspectives, rather than trying to get all participants to share a common understanding or reach consensus.
Setting The Stage
- Whether working in groups or with one person, the idea is to create a shared learning environment in which each participant feels safe to explore and question their perspective as well as the opinions of others. Eye contact is important and sitting in a circle is recommended.
- Participant(s) are asked to answer the conversation starters by sharing their unique insights and listening to their peers without judgment or criticism. These conversations encourage participants to rethink previously held biases and take the perspectives of others into account.
- You can use a talking piece, such as a stone or ornament to identify the speaker. After the speaker shares his/her perspective, the talking piece is passed to other participants who are willing to share their personal experience.
- Facilitators are encouraged to listen openly without criticizing or labeling the participants’ experiences as right or wrong. This means that participants are respected for their individual differences and are not required to “fit into” the facilitator’s expectations.