Leadership Inspirations Activities

Appreciation Windows

Create personalized “windows“ for each participant that show appreciation

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Adjourning

Type Of Activity

Bonding Activity

Materials

Paper, markers

 

SUMMARY

 
Each participant creates a personalized “window“ for another group member to show their appreciation for them.

 

SET UP

  • Provide paper and markers for each participant.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Assign each participant the name of another group member to create an appreciation window for.
    • Facilitator Note: An easy way to do this is to have everyone write their name on a slip of paper, collect the slips, and redistribute them to the participants (reminding them to put the slip back if they pick their own name). Or, make a pre-make a list with a name assigned to each participant or partner participants up to create windows for each other.
  • Have group members decorate a piece of paper to create a “window“ for the participant they were assigned. The window should contain the participant’s name, something that they appreciate about that participant, and any decorations they would like to add.
  • Give participants ten minutes to complete their windows and play appropriate music while the group creates.
  • After everyone has created their window, have participants share with the group one at a time.

VARIATIONS

  • You can use a digital design platform instead of paper and markers to make the windows.
  • You can have participants make windows to show their appreciation for the group instead of for an individual members. If you do this, hang the windows around the classroom or meeting space.

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 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?