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A detailed description of the activity will be provided here right after our training session. This will help you reflect on it and comment below by providing feedback to the trainer.


Step 1 (2-3 min)
The trainer asks participants to take turns to say their name, greet and say how they feel at the moment.

Step 2 (30 min)
Participants are encouraged to take turns to recall and report an experience they had with another person and made them feel bad. Reference to personal details is not necessary. They are given one minute to briefly describe what happened. Then the trainer may ask: “Who wants to try my shoes?” and pick a member of the group and hand in the laminated shoe card. The person who takes it describes the feelings they might have if in the other’s shoes and what the feelings of the other side might have been. Then they write the dominant feelings on a blank sheet of paper and put it in the shoe box in the middle of the circle. The procedure is repeated until everyone has spoken.

Step 3 (10 min)
The trainer reshuffles the paper sheets in the shoe box and asks participants to take turns to pick a card from the shoe box and match the feeling to the incident. The information is put in the table on the board.

Step 4 - Debriefing (10-15 min)
Participants are asked to reflect on the content of the board and discuss based on some of the following questions.

What kind of feelings do certain kinds of behavior generate?
Was it easy for you to understand how your peer felt in the situation?
Was it easy to realize that people share the same kinds of feelings and react to certain situation in more or less the same way?
How often do you get in other people’s shoes?
Imagine you are involved in an argument. Do you think that stopping for a moment and trying to see things from the other side perspective might help?
Did this activity help you realize how many different feelings are shared by members of a community?

For the reflection and feedback bear in mind the following criteria:

• Did you like the activity?
• Do you think the activity was designed on the basis of “the head, the heart and the hands” principle?
• Do you think the activity favoured interaction?
• Do you think the activity offered you with reflection opportunities on the qualities of THE OTHER?
• Do you think it can be easily applied?
• Do you think it would appeal to pupils of Primary?
• Do you think the activity can be integrated easily in the English class?