By Debra Christopher, MSM | January 3, 2017
Director, Professional Learning Systems, ETR
How will participants change their approach to their work, given what they’ve learned in their training? This group activity combines thoughtful reflection with an opportunity to state intentions. A handshake, virtual or real-life, seals the deal!
Title: I Resolve
Setting: Appropriate for in-person events and adaptable for live virtual events.
Time: 15 minutes
Purpose: To promote recall and to motivate participants to take action by making their intentions for change public.
Best Used: At the culmination of a professional learning event to reinforce action steps.
Here are some ideas that can enrich and/or extend this activity.
Set Up a Follow Up
Ask participants to exchange email or phone numbers and resolve to connect one month after the event. They can call, email or text to check on one another’s progress.
Movement helps the brain wake up and learn more efficiently. Consider using a movement-based strategy for the “find a partner” segment (play funky music and have people dance across the room to find a partner; ask people to take three giant steps away from where they’re standing and then find a partner).
You could also have participants take a walk while sharing their plans and resolutions.
Use the functions available on your online meeting system to partner participants, or adapt the activity and use small groups. Use a virtual handshake to seal the deal.
Debra Christopher, MSM, is Director of Professional Learning Services at ETR. Contact her with questions and ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.