Leadership Inspirations Activities

Alphabet Review

Using the alphabet as a guide, participants identify lessons learned or information known

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, Adjourning

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Whiteboard, Chalkboard, Poster Paper, Post It Notes

 

SUMMARY

Participants identify lessons learned or information known by using the alphabet as a guide. The purpose of Alphabet Review is to give a structure to reflect, summarize, brainstorm or gain information from a group or group experience.

 

SET UP

  • This can be used at the end of a session to review material, at the beginning of a session to find out what participants already know, or at anytime to assess and summarize an experience or brainstorm.
  • Depending on the group size and nature of the group, you can have people work together as a whole group, in pairs or small groups, or individually.
  • Determine how you would like the list to be recorded – white board, individual paper, poster paper etc. 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Have team members recall/share as many concepts or phrases as they can for each letter of the alphabet to create a shared glossary.
  • If needed, have people define the terms they used in order to develop a shared vocabulary, or
  • Divide the list amongst the groups to interpret each term/concept and discuss to come to a shared conclusion.

VARIATIONS

  • If you have a large group, hang posters on the wall for each letter in the alphabet. Divide your large group into smaller groups and have them rotate around the room from poster to poster. Not every group has to go to every letter.
  • If you have a smaller group, brainstorm all together. You can’t move on to another letter until you’ve come up with something for the previous one.
  • Randomly assign letters to groups or have groups draw them out of a hat. Give them a time limit and see which group can come up with the most ideas for their letter.

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Feedback

  • Why is feedback important? What kind of feedback is important?
  • What does constructive/effective feedback look like?
  • How did positive/negative/or no feedback affect your success?

Meeting Skills

  • What are some of our effective and ineffective meeting habits?
  • When are you most engaged in meetings? When are you least engaged?
  • What are the roles that people play in meetings? Why are these roles important?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?