Choose a Plant
This activity encourages students to reflect on themselves and compare how they feel and what they need to that of a plant. Through conversation and discussion, community can be strengthened.
Introductions, personal sharing with agency, and practicing effective communication skills.
Let students know ahead of time what you want them to ‘bring’ with them to the class session, whether that’s a physical object or digital image they’ve chosen or drawn. You can also wait and give all directions, including drawing time during your time together.
What was this activity like for you?
What was it like to learn about others in this way?
How can you honor your own feelings and needs as we learn together?
What can we do together to honor one another’s feelings and needs?
What do you want to remember from this?
And, how might you help yourself remember it?
If done synchronously, this activity could take 2-3 minutes per participant in a large or small group. When done asynchronously, time must be devoted to posting as well as responding to others with comments or questions because part of the power of this activity comes from back-and-forth sharing as well as the discussion afterwards. Plan to allow at least 15 minutes for the discussion.
Instead of asking students to find their own image, consider cutting out photographs and magazine images of various plants and flowers so that students can choose an image from a large collection. Or, collect them digitally in a shared folder or Google doc. Also, think about extending the activity with a writing or journaling assignment as desired.
You will need a space to share images like Google docs, Google slides, Padlet, or another tool that allows uploading photos, screen sharing, or sharing of links.
This activity is one of a series of activities from Equity Unbound, focused on equitable online community building.Find out more
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