Leadership Inspirations Activities

Pat on the Back

Remind the people in your group that they are all valued members

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Norming, Performing, Adjourning

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity

Materials

Paper, pens or pencils, tape

 

SUMMARY

This activity allows groups the time to show the other members they work with that they are a valued member of the team. This is a great way to help the group recognize each other and bond.

 

SET UP

  • Rip small strips of tape ahead of time – one for each member of your group. 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Give each participant a piece of paper and a writing utensil. As participants receive their materials, instruct them to trace their hand onto the piece of paper.
  • Once everyone has traced their hand, instruct each participant to take a piece of tape to secure the piece of paper on their back with the handprint on the outside.
  • Let participants know that they are doing this because it is always important to give yourself a “pat on the back” and recognize the things that you do well.
  • After that, instruct the students to go around the room and give a “pat on the back” to the other members in the group by writing affirmations on their pieces of paper.
    • Note: Challenge member to try to write at least one affirmation on everyone’s paper.
  • Once the activity ends, give participants the chance to read through all of their affirmations.

VARIATIONS

  • This can be done as a gallery walk. Instead of taping something to everyone’s back, have each participant write their name on a piece of paper and set it in front of them. Then everyone can rotate around the room to write affirmations to each other.
  • Affirmation bags are a great way to accomplish this activity as well. As the day or session begins, have everyone write their name on a brown lunch bag. Throughout the day, you can encourage group members to write affirmations and put them in each other’s bags. At the end of the day, give everyone a chance to read all of their affirmations.
    • Note: It is your job as a facilitator to make sure that everyone gets at least one affirmation so they do not feel left out or alienated from the group.

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.?

Inclusion & 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?

Teambuilding

  • When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
  • When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
  • What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?
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?