Tour of Where You Are
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The purpose of this activity is to build community through students sharing where they are studying from, during a time when most expected to be on a campus together.
- Humanizing through storytelling.
- Learning about the study space, and possible limitations people might have.
- Build community and create an inclusive, open, caring classroom culture.
- Slide with prompt on it, directions and time.
- If using breakout rooms you can put people in randomly, or pre-plan them ahead of time.
- If asking students to show their study space, let them know ahead of time in case they want to clean up or let other family members know.
- If asking students to show a favorite place in their community let them know ahead of time, so they can prepare photos to share.
- Describe the activity and why you are doing it.
- Tell people why you find it interesting and helpful to see where they are studying, or a favorite place in their community.
- Explain they can share as much or little as they are comfortable
- Pose some questions to spark what story they want to share
- How have you enhanced or changed your space to set it up for studying?
- What are you missing or do you wish you had to make your space more comfortable?
- Do you have a place in your community you like to go to study?
- Let them know they can give a ‘walking’ tour, or show pictures. If showing a picture ask that they do so by sharing their screen (rather than trying to show on their phone for example)
- Let them know they have 2 minutes to share. If using Zoom you can set a timer.
- If people are going into a breakout room ask that someone be assigned as timer, note taker, and person who will share back.
- Set up a collaborative document such as a Gdoc or Onedrive so that the small groups and write down their story. Then add in a shared space so that others can read everyone’s story at a later time.
- If less than 10 people you can facilitate as whole group.
- If more than 10 people, suggest putting people into groups of 3-4.
- 3-5 minutes explaining the activity, why you are doing it, and putting people into groups if needed.
- 2 minutes per person to share story.
- If people shared in small groups 1-2 minutes for each group to share something back that they learned.
- 5 minutes to wrap-up and highlight importance of what they learned, how connects to the community and ways they will be working together.
If it is a large group suggest using breakout rooms.
Gdocs or other collaborative tools can be used as a way for small groups to share their stories in their small group, and then they can be shared so the whole class can see them.