Leadership Inspirations Activities

Feelings Check-In

A quick and easy way to check in with all group members


10 minutes

Team Stage

Any Stage

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity, Experiential Activity


Index Cards Or Post-It Notes



This activity is used to evaluate feelings and energy levels of group members as well as to quickly collect feedback.



  • Pass out markers and 5×8 index cards or Post-its.


  • Ask each student to write on the card in large letters one word that describes how he or she is feeling right now.
  • Then ask students to hold up their cards and look at the variety of responses.
  • Point out how rare it is for different people to bring the same feelings to an experience or situation.
  • Invite students to share why they wrote down the words that they did.


  • Ask participants to write down more information on the card such as feedback for you.
  • Have participants describe their feelings using a certain topics as a framework: (food, animal, the weather, etc.)
  • Instead of having the participants show their cards, you can have them pass the card to another group member and discuss differences/similarities.
  • You can also have group members give you the cards without sharing.
  • If you don’t want to use any supplies, go around the circle and have each participant say their one word out loud. Make sure to follow up individually with any group members whose words stand out to you for any reason.
  • Check out all of these other ways to check in and check out with your group


  • 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?

Inclusion and Involvement

  • What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
  • What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
  • Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?


  • 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?