Leadership Inspirations Activities

Gallery Walk

Small groups works together to create a ‘gallery’ of thoughts, ideas, and reflections

Duration

30-45 minutes

Team Stage

Any Stage

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Poster Paper Or Flip Charts, Markers

 

SUMMARY

This activity displays small group work like an “art gallery” so that other groups can easily see what they have accomplished. It is a fast and easy way to get participants moving while brainstorming or reflecting.

 

SET UP

  • You will need flip charts, poster papers, or large whiteboards for participants to collaborate on for this activity.
  • On each poster paper write five different prompts or questions that you would like the group to consider. You can write more or less prompts depending on the size of your group and how much time you have.
  • Sample questions:
    • Evaluation: What went well? What was challenging? Favorite memory?
    • Reflection: What is one of your hopes? What is one of your fears? What is the most important thing that you learned?
    • Brainstorming: Ideas for… Fall Fundraiser, Staff Devo, Company Retreat, Improving Communication
  • Stage them around the room on the walls or on tables so that small groups have enough room to work on them together.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Depending on the size of your group, you will want to create small groups of about 3-7 people.
  • Assign each group to a different poster station in the room.
  • The group should read what is on their poster and record their thoughts, comments, responses, and questions on the poster.
  • After about 5 minutes have the groups rotate to the next station.
  • Participants should read and discuss the previous group’s work and then add content of their own.
  • Repeat these steps until all groups have visited each station.
  • Finally, have all the participants return back to their original poster to see everything that was added while they were gone.
  • Bring the group back together as one large group to discuss what was learned and to make any final conclusions.

 VARIATIONS

  • Chalk Talk
    • Instead of separating into small groups, use only one large piece of paper or available whiteboards for your Gallery. Allow participants to write responses, draw pictures, and express their thoughts and visions. Make sure that every person has their own marker or writing utensil to contribute – it helps increase participation and also makes the end result so much more interesting to look at!
  • Feedback
    • Stage projects, proposals, or plans around the room.  Have individuals or small groups rotate around the room giving feedback. On a sticky note or other recording method they should write one thing that they like about the idea, one thing they wonder about it, and one suggestion for something that could be improved. At the end of the activity, everyone should return to their projects to review their feedback and discuss next steps.

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?

Alignment

  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?

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?

Project Planning

  • What has worked in other projects you have done? How have you dealt with setbacks?
  • How do you connect with the process of planning? Do you like it/not like it? How does this impact you/your group?
  • How do we manage our time? How does that affect our ability to complete our projects?
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?