Leadership Inspirations Activities

Check In Questions

Start a session by having everyone answer a question

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Any Stage

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

 
Ask a check in question before starting a session to help get a gauge on your group and help  participants share how they’re feeling with each other before beginning a session.

 

SET UP

  • Determine the order in which participants will share. Options include, going in a circle, having each participant popcorn to another participant, or having participants volunteer to share in any order.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Ask a check in question to the group that will help you to start the session. Possible questions include: 
    • On a scale of one to ten, how focused (or excited, prepared, etc.) are you feeling?
    • What’s one word to describe how you’re feeling today?
    • What movie title (or song) best describes how you’re doing right now?
    • What are you excited about for today? What are you nervous about for today?
    • What quote best summarizes you today?
    • What color of the rainbow are you feeling today and why?
    • What’s one thing you’re looking forward to this week?
  • Have everyone share their answer. Depending on the risk level of the question, give participants the option to pass or not answer the question, or ask everyone answer it.
    • Facilitator Note: Depending on the group stage, consider if the facilitator should answer first to set the tone or help participants to feel more comfortable.  If there is a question that is not as straightforward or obvious as to how to answer it, the facilitator should answer first.

VARIATIONS

  • Choose a different participant each day to come up with their own helpful check in question for the group. 
  • Consider asking check in questions that relate directly to the topic of the session. 
  • Consider asking these questions at the end of a session to use as a check out to close the day. 
  • Large Group: To facilitate this activity for a large group, pick questions that can be answered in just one word or a short phrase.

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?

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?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
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?