This exercise will ignite the passion and commitment in a team facing a major change or a daunting task. The exercise is designed with teachers in mind, but can also be used to define other types of roles in corporations or organisations, for instance, the effective salesman, the adaptable employee, the good co-worker, etc.
Ask the participants to sit down in a circle and hand them a stack of paper and a pen. Ask them to write words and short sentences answering the question: What is my task as a successful teacher in this organisation, what do I already do and what do I want to do more.
Each participant puts their answers on the floor for everyone to see. Let them write as long as they want to.
When everyone is finished with the first round of the brainstorm, ask them to stand up. Tell them to go to another part of the room where you have spread out one or more Magnum Sets.
Then you ask the participants to find 3-5 picture cards that inspire them to come up with even more words and sentences that can be included in the brainstorm.
Ask the team to categorize the outcome of the brainstorm on the floor. Encourage them to discuss and negotiate the categories together. It is natural that some contribute more than others.
Defining and discussing the tasks
When all the categories are displayed on the table, invite the participants to discuss and define each individual task. Ask them to describe each category using a headline and 5-10 elaborating points.
Encourage the participants to use the picture cards to expand on the headlines or to describe the content of the tasks. When the participants feel that they don’t have anything else to contribute to a conversation, they move on to another group that piques their interest, using “ the principle of free movement”.
Conclusions and results
Finally, the various tasks are discussed in plenum. The participants take turns reading a headline and the elaborating points written down. You can ask clarifying questions, but do not engage in detailed discussions of individual tasks.
It is up to you whether you want to end the process here and let the results work as new insights for the individual participant, or use the results as the foundation of a concrete work strategy to be implemented in the future.
Invite the participants to download the picture card that resonates the best with them. The cards can be downloaded in digital form from Dialoogle’s website and can be used as a background on their phone or computer screen.