The icebreaker with the stress balls was so interesting, I enjoyed it. What a way for each of us in a group to introduce ourselves while randomly throwing the balls at different team members. The fact that there were more than two balls thrown around and people calling out their names at the same time, forced us to really check in and be present since it required attention.
In our divided teams, we were given an activity where we were given a box with different materials inside and a model to dress up. Each team was given 25 minutes to finish the task. We chose plastic since it was a flexible and had slim chances of falling off. We made a dress, a doek, and accessories. I really enjoyed that creative part, so did everyone in the group. The interesting thing is that part of the instruction was that in completing the task, we were not allowed to be vocal when communicating, we had to use sign language. It was tricky at first, but we were given pen and paper to write on. As the activity progressed, we found better ways of communicating and still delivered a beautiful outfit for our model. Later someone thought out of the box and wrote on the piece of paper “Guys, the instruction never said we can’t go outside and talk, it only says, we are not allowed to talk in class”. Talk about freeing one’s mind, that was awesome. We went outside and finished talking and arranged who will be walking on the ramp with our model and we really were convinced we were going to take the first prize since our dress looked much more beautiful compared to the rest of the other groups.
As one of the facilitators was busy engaging the audience with feedback, their 45 minutes allocated to the facilitation was up and Ros stopped them from continuing. It was so sad though because I would have loved to hear the whole feedback from Group 10 and how they were going to conclude the lesson for the day and what I was going to take out of that whole workshop. I just wish they had practiced bearing in mind that time was limited and taken from previous groups that activity time should be less to allow room for participation and feedback from the audience and the group itself and that it was ok to do the facilitation in less than 45 minutes. Even now as I am typing, I am still wondering how the end of their piece was going to sound or look like.
The one thing that stood out is that there are different styles of communicating and that as a team we need to identify one that corresponds with the formation of the team. The more we spent time doing the activity, the more our team communication improved.
Well, we finished class early and we are going to polish our essays for final submissions. What a lot I got to do still, phew!!
While we just learned how to facilitate team decisions, we need to acknowledge others in our experiential learning journey.
Till next workshop, Ciao!