Leadership Inspirations Activities

Thank You For

Express your gratitude for the members of your group

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Adjourning

Type Of Activity

Appreciation Activity

Materials

Paper, pens or pencils

 

SUMMARY

Show gratitude for the members of the group by thanking them for specific things they have said or
done.

 

SET UP

  • Provide paper and writing utensils for each participant.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Have everyone write their name at the top of their piece of paper and then pass it to the person on their right.
  • Each participant should write one thing they want to thank the person whose name is on the top of the paper for. Then, they should pass the paper to the person on their right.
    • Facilitator Note: Decide whether the thank you notes should be anonymous, if the participants should sign their name, or allow them to choose. Pick whatever would be best for the group.
  • Participants continue writing “thank you” notes and then passing papers to the right until they get their own paper back. Play appropriate music while the group writes.
  • Once each participant gets their own paper back, they can read what everyone in their group want to thank them for.

VARIATIONS

  • You can spread this activity out over a longer span of time instead of doing it all at once. Create a place to keep the pieces of paper and encourage participants to write on someone’s paper any time something comes to mind that they want to thank that person for.
  • For similar activity, see Lasting Impressions.

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?

Feedback

  • 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?

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 does your group do well as a 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?