Warm up activities

Pop-up Psychogeography Journey Journal

To invite students to use their bodies to represent, collaboratively, an image of something that is worth discussing.

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Pop-up Psychogeography Journey Journal
Educator prep: None
Student prep: None
Breakout rooms
Duration: 5-30 mins

Activity purpose

To inspire creative thinking and act as an ice-breaker.

Useful for

Encouraging divergent thinking and building the ability to storytell.


Not essential, but it would be desirable for participants to watch the video and carry out a short preparatory activity ahead of time.


  • Watch the video
  • Spend 10-20 minutes exploring a place you know well (your room, or a classroom or digital space or your journey to work or school) and thinking of it as a space of wonder, a space of possibility
  • Jot down your ideas about this space (this could be a photograph or a sketch or a map or video or words)
  • Get together live in a group to share and discuss your space and how you’ve depicted it


Around 30 minutes for a small group or breakout room (5 or so participants) with extra time for the preparatory activity.

Adaptations and examples

If people haven’t prepared they can share something on spec - whatever they can see in their known space - but they still need to describe it as a space of wonder.

For a large group you might consider using a padlet board or similar and ask people to post their responses to the brief - and comment on each others’ posts.

If people join later you might have an object prepared that you ask them to describe as a thing of wonder.

For a sense of belonging across space, maybe arrange a time to carry out your individual journeys synchronously if you can.

Technical requirements

For a larger group, breakout rooms would be desirable so that participants have time to share and discuss their response to the brief.

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