Leadership Inspirations Activities

Reflection Questions

Reflect on a question to refocus group energy

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Any Stage

Type Of Activity

Energizer

Materials

Paper, writing utensils

 

SUMMARY

Participants spend time reflecting on a question to help focus their mind. This activity is great to create a more calming and relaxed energy before a more serious activity.

 

SET UP

  • Distribute paper and writing utensils to all participants. 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Ask a reflection question to the group. Choose from one of the following or create your own:
    • When was the last time you laughed?
    • What was the last thing to make you smile?
    • What is one of your favorite childhood memories?
    • What is something that can make you cry happy tears?
    • What are the special moments that take your breath away?
    • Where is the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?
    • Who do you want to say thank you to right now? And for what?
  • Allow participants some time to write down their thoughts on the question.

VARIATIONS

  • For further involvement, have participants submit their own reflection questions for the group to answer. 
  • This activity can also be facilitated as a silent reflective process where participants simply think about their answers rather than writing them down.
  • Medium Risk: If this is appropriate for the group’s level of comfort, have a few participants share their answers. Know that sharing out loud may be higher risk than reflecting independently for some people and for some questions.

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.?
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?