Tiny Demons/Drawing Monsters
Use a creative way to help students express/face their fears and see them differently.
Helping students through a stressful or anxiety-inducing experience that can benefit from naming, visualising, and sharing.
Minimal – the prompt people will use to draw their demons.
Ask people to bring pen/cil and paper. First, ask participants to individually make a list on paper of their fears/anxieties around a particular topic (e.g. for students, about learning online, or about an upcoming assessment)
About 30 minutes in all, with several pauses to draw and discussions in breakout rooms and a debrief.
You could ask students to do some of the steps ahead of class time and spend more time in class discussing what they came up with, but important to tell them not to agonize over the quality of the drawing itself. (in person, with limited time, it’s easier to not focus on the quality because time constraints are explicit).
Depending on the size of your group you may wish to use breakout rooms.
Attribution: Draws on the work of Lynda Barry.
Sample slide deck from Nancy White.
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