Activities

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Activities

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Title:Type of ActivityObjectiveAge Group
Blue and Orange Card ActivityConsciousness-raising activityRaise awareness of the messages we send.
Available for use by non-members
Teachers, adaptable for students
Draw a StudentIndividual/partner/small GroupTo enable the participants to examine the characteristics of students who need support.Upper Elem/MS/HS/Adult
Human GraphSmall or large groupTo examine how Invitational Theory applies to a variety of scenarios in schools and encourage participants to examine their choices from a theoretical perspective.Adult (may be adapted for student groups)
The Invititational SchoolIndividual and small group consensus activityTo facilitate agreement about those behaviors, procedures, programs and policies that would create an inviting school where everyone in the school community feels safe and where the school is a place where students and staff WANT to be.Upper Elem/MS/HS Adults
Levels of FunctioningMini-lecture, individual activity, group1. To examine the 4 levels people function at personally and professionally
2. To allow participants to recall personal experiences in which they were invited or disinvited.
Upper Elem/ MS/HS/ Adults in all professions
From the Other Side of the DeskIndividual reflection-group or partner sharing if desiredTo enable the participants to experience what it is like to be students in their classrooms.Educators
Puzzle TalkPartner activity-introduction to self-talkTo discover how positive and negative self-talk influence what one believes to be true about oneself and one's behavior.MS/HS/Adult
Checklist for your inviting schoolIndividual ReflectionTo ensure that all parents and students feel safe and welcome in a school settingParents and students in a school setting
The 5 P'sMini Lecture and group workEvaluate the invitationality of an organization in terms of People, Places, Policies, Programs and ProcessesUpper Elem/MS/HS/Adult
Attack ThoughtsVerbal activityTo enhance awareness of the effects of inner languageUpper Elem/MS/HS/Adult
Barriers to CommunicationRole playEnhance awareness of barriers to effective communicationMS/HS/Adult
Be PositiveMini LectureTo review 10 suggestions for improving communication skillsUpper Elem/MS/HS/Adult
Four Corner PressMini LectureTo develop a personal plan of invitational developmentAdult
I Heard What You Said, but What Did You Say?Role Playto enhance the awareness of the necessity of clarifying that a message was heard accuratelyUpper Elem/MS/HS/Adult
I can't
I choose not to
Group activityto assist participants in examining beliefs about themselvesUpper Elem/MS/HS/Adult
Changing
"You" messages
to "I" messages
Mini Lecture/Activity/Role PlayTo enhance awareness behind attack messagesMS/HS/adult
Inviting ~ Disinviting OrganizationsGroup activityto analyze the organizational climate and pinpoint inviting and disinviting practicesUpper Elem/MS/HS/Adult
Neither Attacking Nor DefendingGroup discussionto teach techniques for remaining calm during intense personal interactionsElementary-adult
Open-ended QuestionsMini-lecture and follow-up activityto teach key words and phrases to get a conversation startedElementary-adult
Winning in a JamMini-lecture/discussionTo teach participants that winners in life have skills to make themselves as comfortable as possible on a moment to moment basis.Age 7 to adult
Words I Wish I Had HeardGroup activityto develop an awareness of the powerful influence of wordsMiddle School-adult
Give Yourself Permission to FailActivityTo increase the awareness of the participants that failure is a part of life and that many people we might consider successful have experienced major failure in their livesMiddle School-adult
Who are You?ActivityTo encourage the development of positive self-talk. To promote collegiality within the organization.Elementary-adult
Tape RecorderActivityTo increase the participants listening skills and develop awareness that listening is difficult.Elementary-adult
Faculty Family AlbumHandoutTo increase comradeship in the faculty or organizationElementary-adult