Leadership Inspirations Activities
Check In Questions
Start a session by having everyone answer a question
Type Of Activity
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.
- 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.
- 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 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?
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?
- 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?
- 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?