A communication collage

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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.

Procedure
Step 1 (10 min)
Participants are invited to take a blank sheet of paper and a pen/pencil, find a quiet place in the room to work with their partner on two photos. The photos are the same. They are instructed to work with one of them first, observe and discuss over it with their partner. Then they should take turns to express their thoughts on the questions
• What do you see?
• What do you think about that?
• What does it make you wonder?
Step 2 (10 min)
Participants must work with their partner and try to imagine the dialogue the people in the photo had. Then they must write the dialogue on the post it dialogue notes and stick them on the photo. When they are finished they put the photo on the board using some adhesive.
(each pair should put one photo next to the other creating a collage)
Step 3 (10 min)
Participants work with their partner and try to imagine a different version of the story they imagined for the photo in the beginning. They use the post it dialogue notes to write the new dialogue on the second photo. When they are finished they put the photo on the board using some adhesive.
(each pair should put one photo next to the other creating a collage)
Step 4 - Debriefing (50 min)
Participants are asked to sit in a circle. A representative from each pair must present briefly the situations and the stories they imagined for the visual material provided. Everybody listens to the stories of all pairs and looks at the first collage. The same applies for the second collage. Participants are asked to compare and contrast the climate of the school those kids are in.
Participants are asked to reflect on the activity and discuss based on some of the following questions.
Did this activity help you realize that good communication makes the world we live or work in nicer?
Did this activity help you understand that what we say and the way we say it can affect our relationship with people?
Did the activity made you understand that we can make a change by trying to be more resilient, tolerant or less assertive towards our peers?


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?